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Intern Med J. 2012 Jul;42(7):828-30. doi: 10.1111/j.1445-5994.2012.02824.x.

Australian resident doctors want more palliative medicine education: a survey of attitudes and perceived needs.

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Palliative Care, St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.


Most expected deaths occur in acute hospitals, and medical staff providing end-of-life care are generally not palliative medicine specialists. Through a voluntary self-administered survey, this study explored resident doctors' attitudes to palliative medicine and their perceived educational needs. Fifty-two resident doctors participated (response rate 39%), mostly acknowledging the importance of palliative medicine to their practice and emphasising that further postgraduate education is necessary.

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