Education in Palliative Care: Building a Culture of Learning

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Bee Wee, Nic Hughes
OUP Oxford, Feb 22, 2007 - Medical - 378 pages
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Despite the fact that most palliative care educators are involved in teaching, there is little literature devoted to education specifically within palliative care. This book bridges that gap, giving a wide-ranging, global view of palliative care education. It offers theoretical and practical insights, along with specific suggestions for developing knowledge and skills for teaching. It also contains extensive accounts of important contextual matters which influence the range and quality of palliative care education, including: interprofessional learning; continuing professional development; evaluation; and educational leadership. The development of palliative care as a clinical speciality is increasingly conducted at an international level, and a special feature of this book is the inclusion of chapters reviewing palliative care education in each continent. This enables practitioners and teachers to share knowledge across diverse healthcare systems and cultures. There is also an acknowledgement of the multi-professional team involved in palliative care, as education and training are looked at from the perspectives of doctors, nurses, and allied health professionals. The book is split into three distinct parts: Part 1 - sets the scene for existing palliative care education, both in the UK and internationally. Part 2 - focuses on the theory underpinning each aspect of teaching, learning and assessment, and then examines the practicalities of delivering these in the clinical setting. Part 3 - explores ways of building and nurturing a culture of learning in palliative care, whether as an individual or as an organization.

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What is known as Palliative Care, and 'The Liverpool Care Pathway' is let loose upon an incomprehending public which still believes that nursing and medical 'professionals' act in the best interests of patients; when they certainly do not.
Human autonomy is something which when that human is in a weak position, is readily overcome, as that person is killed. Palliative care 'professionals' bury their mistakes.
Promoting the ideas in this book, with the current ill-educated control freak 'professionals' in charge of our final -and not so final - days, is irresponsible in the extreme.
No Dr Bee Wee our bodies do not belong to the 'educators'. They belong to us. Our minds also belong to us.
Palliative Care education has a very long way to go. At the moment it ranks - rightly - at the same level as 'the final solution'.. as many of us have good reason to know.
 

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I read this book out of interest as there is still much to be addressed on the controversial LCP, although it was against all my principles to line pockets of people who make money out of promoting the LCP. I speak from 12 years of experience Dr Bee Wee.. And as I suggested to you before you should get yourself out into the hospitals,hospices,care homes and do an audit! "Building a culture of Learning"?? Culture with this pathway and the process in which it is administered follows NO theoretical insights and the specific suggestions for developing knowledge and skill for teaching... Doctors and nurses can and do what they like with administering controlled drugs with NO repercussions!!
Depressing read!!
 

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Dr. Bee Wee is the Academic Director of the Oxford International Centre for Palliative Care, Head of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Palliative Care, and a Trustee of Marie Curie Cancer Care. She is Honorary Professor of Palliative Medicine at Sichuan University, China, and has an adjunct appointment as Associate Professor at the Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia. Dr Wee chairs the Science Committee for the Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland. In 2006, she was admitted as a member of the Royal College of Physicians of London in recognition of 'distinguished contributions in the field of medicine'. She has published on symptom control, specifically death rattle, and both medical and interprofessional education. Mr Nic Hughes' teaching over recent years has focused on continuing professional development for specialists in cancer and palliative care. He has a special interest in education for leadership. He has published in the fields of education and end-of-life care.

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