Do we need a Palliative Care Medicine Course at 14th months Saudi Family Medicine Diploma?

Authors

Sami Ayed Alshammary MBBS. ABFM. SBFM.JBFM. AFS.MME
Pippa Halwey
Fyles Gillian (palliati

Theme

Trends in curriculum planning and development

Category

Postgraduate education and continuing medical education (CME)

INSTITUTION

MOH

Background

 Palliative Care (PC) related problems constitute a growing public health concern in Saudi Arabia (SA) where is it

not taught in medical schools in formal curriculum.       

Conclusion

Professional Palliative Care (PC) education needs to focus

(1) on the proper assessment of PC patients,

(2) on the management of pain and other symptoms, and

(3) on the use of proper medications.

Summary of Work

To understand the comfort level of Family Medicine (FM) Residents in manage Palliative Care (PC) cases. Assess the need for formal training in Palliative Care (PC)

skills during FM residency. All FM residents at the center were asked to complete a survey. The responses were 48

 

from 52 surveys.

Take-home Messages

FPs has minimal training in palliative care skills .They identify Palliative Care (PC) formal education as vital part of their training.

Summary of Results

86% felt that the majority of patients with cancer pain were under medication. While, only 20% believed that

 

symptoms management control in their own practice setting was good or very good. Poor Palliative Care (PC) assessment was

 

rated by 85%. Only 10% had prior training in delivering bad news; 20% in pain control and symptom management.

 

86% were uncomfortable discussing patient serious illness or impending death; 86% were uncomfortable

 

discussing end of life care. 100% agreed that Palliative Care (PC) training is an important part in FM residency

Acknowledgement

1. Postgraduate family medicine training center in Alrabawh- MOH

2. Palliative care department in UBC,Canada

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Background
Conclusion
Summary of Work
Take-home Messages
Summary of Results
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