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GMS Z Med Ausbild. 2010;27(5):Doc67. doi: 10.3205/zma000704. Epub 2010 Nov 15.

Implementing the cross-disciplinary subject of palliative medicine (Q13) against the backdrop of recent changes of the legal framework using University Medical School Göttingen as an example.

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  • 1Universitätsmedizin Göttingen, Abteilung Palliativmedizin, Göttingen, Deutschland.


Palliative care for patients with advanced and progressive diseases has recently become an integrated and compulsory part of undergraduate training in Germany. Up until now, undergraduate teaching in this cross-disciplinary medical field varied and therefore problems during the implementation process with regard to formal aspects and teaching content are to be expected. This contribution summarizes the new legislative framework for palliative care as an independent specialty in undergraduate medical training and describes format, content and problems of the current implementation process at the University Medical School Göttingen, in order to provide advice and support for other faculties.


Palliative care; attitude; cooperation; cross-disciplinary subject; symptom control

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