Letters End of life care

Changing the death taboo for medical students

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a1244 (Published 11 August 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1244
  1. J Gibbins, specialist registrar, palliative medicine1,
  2. C Reid, consultant in palliative medicine2,
  3. E J Chambers, consultant in palliative medicine3,
  4. C Campbell, specialist registrar, palliative medicine1,
  5. R McCoubrie, consultant in palliative medicine1,
  6. K Forbes, professorial teaching fellow1
  1. 1Department of Palliative Medicine, University of Bristol and University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre, Bristol BS2 8ED
  2. 2Palliative Care Team, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, Gloucester GL1 3NN
  3. 3Southmead Palliative Care Team, Elgar House, Southmead Hospital, Bristol BS10 5NB
  1. janegibbins{at}hotmail.com

    With reference to Riley’s editorial on a strategy for end of life care,1 we explored, as part of a national mixed methods study, what coordinators of undergraduate palliative care teaching are trying to achieve in the medical curriculum. Perhaps not surprisingly, they are aiming to help medical students overcome the same fears held by the …

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