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Effective delivery of high-quality palliative care requires effective interprofessional teamworking by skilled health and social care professionals. Palliative care is therefore highly suitable for sowing the seeds of interprofessional teamworking in early professional education. This paper describes experiences of running undergraduate interprofessional workshops in palliative care for medical, nursing, social work, physiotherapy and occupational therapy students. These workshops are unusual in three respects: first, the involvement of family carers mean that these learning experiences are rooted in clinical reality; secondly, there is no attempt to 'tidy up' the story for the students; thirdly, unlike many undergraduate interprofessional programmes, these workshops have been sustained over several years. Evaluation of these workshops demonstrate that students value and enjoy the opportunity to work together; they find the experience moving, informative and interesting. Feedback from carers showed that they appreciated the opportunity to present their real-life experiences to students. Our evidence suggests that palliative care is a suitable subject for undergraduate interprofessional education.

Original publication

DOI

10.1191/026921601682553978

Type

Journal article

Journal

Palliative medicine

Publication Date

11/2001

Volume

15

Pages

487 - 492

Addresses

Countess Mountbatten House, Moorgreen Hospital, Southampton, UK. bee.wee@suht.swest.nhs.uk

Keywords

Humans, Palliative Care, Attitude of Health Personnel, Interprofessional Relations, Education, Medical, Undergraduate, Delivery of Health Care, England