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In search of a good death: Medical education has important role in extending palliative care

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 24 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:221
  1. Mari Lloyd-Williams, consultant in palliative medicine (,
  2. Yvonne H Carter, professor of general practice and primary care
  1. Department of Primary Care, University of Liverpool Medical School, Liverpool L69 3GB
  2. Barts and the London, Queen Mary's School of Medicine and Dentistry, London E1 4NS

    EDITOR—Death is still society's final taboo, as the article by Ellershaw and Ward showed.1 All medical schools in the United Kingdom now include some teaching on palliative care in their undergraduate curriculum, but most of the emphasis has been on the care of patients dying of advanced cancer. Much palliative care teaching continues to be didactic and formal assessment is rare. …

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