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
Supportive Care in Cancer – Springer Journals
Published: Feb 1, 2018
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