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Type: Journal article
Title: The educational challenge of End‐of‐Life conversations for our junior doctors
Author: Thomas, J.
Eastley, T.
Citation: Archives of Medicine and Health Sciences, 2018; 6(1):152-156
Publisher: Medknow Publications
Issue Date: 2018
ISSN: 2321-4848
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Josephine Suzanne Thomas, Telena Ann Eastley
Abstract: Background: In current medical practice we face an increasing array of possible medical interventions, multi-morbid patients and an ageing population. End-of-life (EOL) conversations are key to navigating this complex landscape and ensuring that our patients receive the care most appropriate for their needs. The Challenges: The emotive nature of this topic is well recognised and uncertainties of diagnosis and prognosis can add to the difficulties of these discussions. Junior doctors face some specific challenges in acquiring and practising the necessary skills for EOL conversations in the workplace. Their educational needs are discussed in this article. Educational approach: The educational needs of junior doctors include provision of appropriate resources and reflection on experiences. A coaching style of supervision, with recognition of their skills and support for experiential learning facilitates ongoing development.
Keywords: End‑of‑life; medical education; palliation; terminal illness
Rights: © 2018 Archives of Medicine and Health Sciences.Published by Wolters Kluwer ‑ Medknow. This is an open access journal, and articles are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution‑NonCommercial‑ShareAlike 4.0 License, which allows others to remix, tweak, and build upon the work non‑commercially, as long as appropriate credit is given and the new creations are licensed under the identical terms.
DOI: 10.4103/amhs.amhs_26_18
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