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Education in Palliative CareBuilding a Culture of Learning$
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Bee Wee and Nic Hughes

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780198569855

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198569855.001.0001

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North America

North America

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(p.85) Chapter 10 North America
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Education in Palliative Care
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Frank D. Ferris

Charles F. Von Gunten

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198569855.003.0010

In North America, as elsewhere in the Western world, dying was a routine part of life until the mid-20th century when it became medicalized, i.e. it was primarily seen as a product of pathophysiology and the responsibility of health care professionals rather than as part of the human condition and the responsibility of family and friends. The care of the dying as a special focus of activity was carried to North America by those who observed the care in France, Ireland, Scotland, and England. Palliative care education in North America still has a long way to go before it is a reliable part of the education of health professionals producing a reliable product. Nevertheless, the last ten years have produced significant calls for reform, educational curricula, and the creation of a new specialty.

Keywords:   palliative care, health care, clinical programmes, pathophysiology, care for dying

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