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An integrated literature review of death education in pre-registration nursing curricula: key themes

Cavaye, Joyce and Watts, Jacqueline H. (2014). An integrated literature review of death education in pre-registration nursing curricula: key themes. International Journal of Palliative Care, 2014, article no. 564619.

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Abstract

Recent policy has raised the profile of end-of-life care internationally, with the aim of increasing access to quality care for everyone experiencing life-limiting illness. This reflects an international shift in the provision of palliative care to encompass chronic conditions other than cancer. Nurses have an important role in delivering this care and need to be equipped with particular knowledge and skills. However, pre-registration nursing curricula have traditionally had a limited emphasis on death and dying and nurses report feeling unprepared to care for dying patients. This has led to claims that death education in pre-registration curricula is inadequate. This integrated review explores published literature that reports on death education within pre-registration nurse education. Presenting an international overview, the aim of the review is to contribute to knowledge about the nature and extent of death education in pre-registration curricula. In the context of this paper, death education encompasses both palliative and end-of-life care. Electronic searches of major bibliographic databases found inconsistencies across educational provision with variations in quantity, content and approach. Despite an increasing amount of death education in pre-registration curricula, there remains a deficit in key areas such as knowledge, skills, organisation of care and teamwork.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2014 The Authors
ISSN: 2314-579X
Keywords: death and dying; nurse education; end-of-life care; palliative care; pre-registration nursing curriculum
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Item ID: 38912
Depositing User: Jacqueline H. Watts
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2013 13:00
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2019 20:53
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/38912
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