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Palliat Med. 2010 Jun;24(4):419-26. doi: 10.1177/0269216310366065. Epub 2010 Apr 15.

'They've got to learn'--a qualitative study exploring the views of patients and staff regarding medical student teaching in a hospice.

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  • 1Yorkshire and Humber Deanery, Leeds, UK.


UK medical school curricula incorporate training in end-of-life care as recommended by Tomorrow's Doctors. Previous research suggests that hospice staff have concerns about the burden on patients when participating in medical student teaching and may gatekeep access to patients. This qualitative study uses semistructured interviews to explore and compare the views of hospice patients and health care staff about patient involvement in medical student teaching. Fifteen patients and 14 staff members were recruited from a single UK hospice involved in teaching third year medical students. Hospice patients, who have been involved in teaching, are strongly positive about meeting medical students and staff carefully select patients based on a number of issues.

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