Teaching Palliative Care in Surgical Education

Jessica H. Ballou, Karen J. Brasel

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Abstract

Without training in how to identify and relieve pain and suffering, surgeons miss opportunities to offer palliative services to patients. Despite explicit calls for expanding palliative care education since the 1990s, palliative care training in surgical curricula is often limited to end-of-life discussions. A growing consensus among palliative care experts suggests that formal palliative care education during surgical training should include structured communication and prognostication tools, strategies for symptom management, and an understanding of palliative care specialists' role in treating patients at all disease stages.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)800-805
Number of pages6
JournalAMA Journal of Ethics
Volume23
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Health(social science)
  • Health Policy

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