Changes in Attitudes and Practice toward Dying People after Completion of a UK Based Distance Learning Death and Dying Course

Silverdale, Natalie and Katz, Jeanne (2003). 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) pp. 183–196.

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Abstract

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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