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Education in Palliative CareBuilding a Culture of Learning$
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Bee Wee and Nic Hughes

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780198569855

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198569855.001.0001

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South America

South America

(p.93) Chapter 11 South America
Education in Palliative Care

Gustavo de Simone

Oxford University Press

Palliative care requires attention to the wide range of symptoms affecting patients with progressive diseases, emotional and cultural issues that accompany advanced illness and the needs of family members, including bereavement. There are enormous needs and many opportunities for palliative care education in South America. Most ambitious medical graduates are attracted to curative procedures while nurses often lack the status to advocate for their patients with effect. It is not easy to identify outcomes for these education initiatives, as most of them lack proper audit measures. There is insufficient collaboration and coordination among different programmes. Despite these limitations, it is highly probable that most of the positive changes observed at clinical practice and policies have their origins in the educational effort of a few health workers who deserve strong encouragement and much practical support.

Keywords:   palliative care, bereavement, health workers, clinical practice

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