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- Evaluation of an interdisciplinary training program in palliative care: addressing the needs of rural and northern communities
- Kristjanson, L.; Dudgeon, D.; Nelson, F.; Henteleff, P.; Balneaves, L.
- Our study was a pilot test of an interdisciplinary training program in palliative care to improve the quality of care to terminally ill cancer and AIDS patients in rural and northern communities in Manitoba. The program involved two weeks of intense palliative care training for nurses, social workers, physicians, and volunteers. Four teams were trained during a six-month period. A repeated measures design was used to assess the effectiveness of the program. Results indicated that health professionals' knowledge about care of the dying, care of individuals with HIV/AIDS, and attitudes toward care of the dying improved upon completion of the training program and remained improved three months following the program. Improvements in use of medications, increased attention to family care, increased discussion of DNR orders, and increased consultation related to symptom management were evident following the training program. The parallel training program for volunteers was also judged to be effective.
- Publication type
- Journal article
- Journal of Palliative Care, Vol. 13, no. 3 (1997), pp. 5-12
- Publication year
- FOR Code(s)
- 1117 Public Health and Health Services
- Acquired immune deficiency syndrome; AIDS; Evaluation studies; Health care; Manitoba; Neoplasms; Nurses; Palliative care; Palliative therapy; Physicians; Quality of health care; Rural population; Social work; Terminal care; Voluntary workers
- Centre for Bioethics, Clinical Research Institute of Montreal
- Publisher URL
- Copyright © 1997 Centre for Bioethics, IRCM.
- Peer reviewed