Patient End-of-life Experiences For Pediatric Trainees: Spanning The Educational Continuum

Title

Patient End-of-life Experiences For Pediatric Trainees: Spanning The Educational Continuum

Creator

K Senthil

Identifier

DOI: 10.1177/0009922816631513

Publisher

Clin Pediatr (phila)

Date

2016

Subject

Terminal Care; Education; Bereavement In Children; Pediatricians; Medical Students; Analysis; Practice; Control
Educational Continuum; End-of-life Care; Grieving; Pediatric Resident Education

Description

Background End-of-life care for a child is an emotionally charged experience for pediatric trainees. Objectives Describe the progression of medical trainee experiences with end-of-life care and determine personal/professional experiences that facilitated integration of experiences. Methods Medical students (MS4) and pediatric residents (PL-1-3) completed a 30-question survey about experiences with patient deaths and integration of these experiences. Results A total of 307 of 404 residents (76%) participated. Mean number of deaths ranged from 3.0 to 6.5 in the prior 12 months, and the most common location was neonatal intensive care unit or pediatric intensive care unit. In total, 18% to 27% experienced a death in their personal life. Between 26% and 41% of the residents made contact with a family after death, and 15% to 35% attended a funeral. Characteristics of good deaths included good communication and discussion of end-of-life issues. Conclusions Trainees experienced patient deaths along the educational continuum. These findings have implications for the optimal timing and method of end-of-life care education.

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Citation List Month

July 2016 List

Citation

K Senthil, “Patient End-of-life Experiences For Pediatric Trainees: Spanning The Educational Continuum,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed July 6, 2022, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/10525.

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