Crossing the death threshold: experiencing multi-disciplinary end-of-life integrative oncology training

Crossing the death threshold: experiencing multi-disciplinary end-of-life integrative oncology... Objective Complementary and integrative medicine (CIM) is acknowledged in more and more oncology-care centers as part of supportive and palliative cancer care. However, only limited research is available on medical training of CIM practitioners regarding end-of-life (EOL) care. In this study, we assess the impact of multi-disciplinary EOL training on cultural-diverse groups of CIM-trained healthcare practitioners (HCPs) working in integrative oncology care settings in Germany and Israel. Methods The authors co-designed an evidence-based patient-centered EOL-training curriculum incorporating palliative and CIM concepts of care. Afterwards, a 3-day course was designed for 25 HCPs working in three anthroposophic-medicine- oriented medical centers in Germany and 14 CIM-trained HCPs from one oncology center in Israel. Qualitative assessment of the EOL-training impact on trainees was assessed 4-month post-intervention. Narratives were analyzed using ATLAS.ti software for systematic coding. Results Post-training narrative assessment was reported by 18 German and 14 Israeli HCPs comprising 10 physicians, 12 nurses and paramedical practitioners, and 10 CIM therapists and spiritual care-providers. Content analysis of post-training outcomes suggested participants’ attitude-change regarding their professional role in EOL care as individuals and as members of a team. Participants acquired practical clinical tools to enhance EOL care and to better communicate with patients about http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Supportive Care in Cancer Springer Journals

Crossing the death threshold: experiencing multi-disciplinary end-of-life integrative oncology training

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Publisher
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright
Copyright © 2018 by Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Oncology; Nursing; Nursing Research; Pain Medicine; Rehabilitation Medicine
ISSN
0941-4355
eISSN
1433-7339
D.O.I.
10.1007/s00520-018-4068-6
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Abstract

Objective Complementary and integrative medicine (CIM) is acknowledged in more and more oncology-care centers as part of supportive and palliative cancer care. However, only limited research is available on medical training of CIM practitioners regarding end-of-life (EOL) care. In this study, we assess the impact of multi-disciplinary EOL training on cultural-diverse groups of CIM-trained healthcare practitioners (HCPs) working in integrative oncology care settings in Germany and Israel. Methods The authors co-designed an evidence-based patient-centered EOL-training curriculum incorporating palliative and CIM concepts of care. Afterwards, a 3-day course was designed for 25 HCPs working in three anthroposophic-medicine- oriented medical centers in Germany and 14 CIM-trained HCPs from one oncology center in Israel. Qualitative assessment of the EOL-training impact on trainees was assessed 4-month post-intervention. Narratives were analyzed using ATLAS.ti software for systematic coding. Results Post-training narrative assessment was reported by 18 German and 14 Israeli HCPs comprising 10 physicians, 12 nurses and paramedical practitioners, and 10 CIM therapists and spiritual care-providers. Content analysis of post-training outcomes suggested participants’ attitude-change regarding their professional role in EOL care as individuals and as members of a team. Participants acquired practical clinical tools to enhance EOL care and to better communicate with patients about

Journal

Supportive Care in CancerSpringer Journals

Published: Feb 1, 2018

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