Educating Future Physicians in Palliative and End-of-Life Care (Curriculum Materials and Training Guide) - CD

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The CD-ROM Educating Future Physicians in Palliative and End-of-Life Care contains Facilitating Advance Care Planning: An Interprofessional Educational Program (Curriculum Materials) and the accompanying Facilitator’s Guide. The Public Information and Advocacy Work Group of the Canadian Strategy on Palliative and End of Life Care recognized that health care professionals need better education in ACP. The Work Group’s concern led to the development of this interprofessional educational program for health care providers. The program is intended for use at all levels—undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing professional development. s health care technologies improve and people with many complex diseases live longer, advance care planning is becoming increasingly important. There is considerable evidence that advance care planning is poorly done, often happening only at the very end of life when crises occur, when life-sustaining treatments have been instituted despite issues of poor prognosis, and when patients are not capable of making decisions about the care they want.

The Public Information and Advocacy Work Group of the Canadian Strategy on Palliative and End of Life Care recognized that health care professionals need better education in ACP. The Work Group’s concern led to the development of this interprofessional educational program for health care providers. The program is intended for use at all levels—undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing professional development. With funding from Health Canada, Educating Future Physicians in Palliative and End of Life Care (EFPPEC) led the development of this program. EFPPEC created a Working Group, aided by a larger group of Editorial Advisors, to develop a learning module on ACP that is applicable across Canada to health care professionals across the range of disciplines.

The module has an accompanying Facilitator’s Guide, which describes a variety of teaching methods, contains cases to stimulate discussion, and guides teachers on how best to present the material. The preferred delivery method for this module is a small group teaching environment that allows for discussion. The module is available on-line, but the on-line version is not meant to replace face-to- face teaching. This module builds on the excellent work that has already been done at the provincial/territorial level and in other jurisdictions. The Working Group included experts in advance care planning and in education for health care professionals. Rather than reinventing the wheel, this module used and adapted existing material as much as possible.