Silverdale, Natalie and Katz, Jeanne
Changes in Attitudes and Practice toward Dying People after Completion of a UK Based Distance Learning Death and Dying Course.
Illness, Crisis and Loss, 11(2),
K260 is an Open University distance learning course in death and dying incorporating historical, anthropological, sociological and psychological approaches to death and dying; principles and practices of palliative care; communicating with dying people and their families; bereavement and grief, and moral, ethical and legal issues involved in death and dying. Through a qualitative analysis of respondent written comments, this study sought to determine how students felt their attitudes and practice had changed in terms of how they would respond to a dying person, as a result of studying this course. Six themes emerged that individually and in combination, highlight important ways in which respondents perceived their response towards a dying person had altered as a result of completing K260. These themes are; 1) awareness, understanding and insight, 2) individualised care/patient autonomy, 3) self-awareness, 4) ability to communicate emotionally, 5) ability to communicate practically, and 6) practical knowledge/resources developed.
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