Undergraduate Palliative Care Education at the Medical Faculties in Germany – a Status Quo Analysis
DOI: 10.3238/zfa.2013.0276-0279german translation / full article
Background: Palliative care has become more apparent to the public as an important part of medical care in the past years. Accordingly it has been established as an obligatory part in the undergraduate education of medical students, confirmed in the Medical Licensure Act for medical education in Germany („Ärztliche Approbations-ordnung“). Since most of palliative patients are treated by their family physicians we wanted to know to what extent academic family medicine institutions in Germany were involved in basic medical education in palliative care.
Methods: Family medicine institutions at the 36 German medical faculties were asked to answer a questionnaire as to their participation in palliative care education. 29 questionnaires were returned.
Results: The reported involvement in the palliative care education was 55 % (and 59 % where a palliative care department was established) An established curriculum for palliative care was reported by nine faculties.
Conclusion: Because of the importance of family medicine in everyday care of palliative patients its academic institutions should correspondingly have a broad involvement in basic medical education in palliative care. Unfortunately their participation is only 55 %.