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J Palliat Med. 2013 Jun;16(6):603-8. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2012.0351. Epub 2013 Apr 30.

An innovative self-care module for palliative care medical learners.

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Department of Family and Community Medicine, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. hyon.kim@sunnybrook.ca

Abstract

Palliative care is a uniquely demanding field in that clinicians routinely address the complex needs of patients living with incurable illness. Due to their relative inexperience, medical learners completing a palliative care educational experience are particularly vulnerable to the stresses that are often encountered. To address this educational need, a structured Self-Care Module was developed for medical learners rotating through a palliative care clinical rotation. Components of this module include completion of a process recording exercise, a structured reflection, and participation in a facilitated group discussion. An examination of the acceptability, utility, and operational feasibility of the module demonstrated that 86% (n=35) of learners found the module helpful in reflecting on their clinical encounters, 86% (n=35) gained an appreciation for the importance of self-reflection and self-awareness as a component of self-care and 97% (n=35) gained a greater appreciation for sharing clinical experiences with other learners. This novel Self-Care Module was found to be a well accepted, useful, and operationally feasible educational experience for postgraduate and undergraduate learners completing a palliative care educational experience.

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23631613
DOI:
10.1089/jpm.2012.0351
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