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Grant will aid creation of interdisciplinary oncology palliative care education program
Date:9/8/2010

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"We envision using teaching tools that might include clinical rotations, self-study modules, reflective writing and the standardized patient program, in which patient care situations are simulated with real people," said Marcia Hern, EdD, CNS, RN, dean of the UofL School of Nursing. "From a nursing perspective we are tremendously excited about the promise of this interdisciplinary program. Nursing has a strong tradition of holistic care and this fits right in with that time-honored practice."

Said Terry Singer, PhD, dean of the Kent School of Social Work at UofL, "We are all doing great work and are dedicated to the patients, but too often we are working in silos and not recognizing each other's strengths. If we are able to work more seamlessly together, drawing on each other's capabilities more fluidly, we will be able to offer even better care to patients."

Once the teaching tools are designed they will be implemented in the curriculum where they will be continually evaluated for their effectiveness, achievement of desired outcomes, integration and sustainability. The curriculum will aim to demonstrate palliative care's core principles by integrating the technical, scientific and humanistic elements of holistic care of the cancer patient. It will include experiences that promote collaborative learning and teamwork and broaden interdisciplinary awareness, combine innovative as well as proven learning modalities and technologies and integrate interdisciplinary teaching approaches in both learning and practice of palliative care.

"Palliative care is now viewed as much more than end-of-life care," Pfeifer said. "It focuses on ongoing quality of life and well-being and is integral to the treatment of cancer patients from time of diagnosis throughout the trajectory of the illness."

Frank Woggon, PhD, supervisor of the Clinical Pastoral Education program at University of Louisville Hospital, said that the pieces have b
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Contact: Lauren Williams
lauren.williams@louisville.edu
502-852-7461
University of Louisville
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