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Including personal development in palliative care education to address death anxiety

Gouveia Melo, Carol, Billings, Jenny (2017) Including personal development in palliative care education to address death anxiety. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 23 (1). pp. 36-45. ISSN 1357-6321. E-ISSN 2052-286X. (doi:10.12968/ijpn.2017.23.1.36)

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Evaluate an intervention to address death anxiety and improve HCW skills dealing with patients/families in palliative and end-of-life care.


208 HCWs receiving the intervention and working in end-of-life care, in and out of palliative care units, were invited to answer quantitative and qualitative questionnaires. In the end, 150 returned with quantitative answers and of these, 94 with qualitative answers as well. Additionally, out of the 150 participants, 26 were recruited for interview.


An intervention to address death anxiety and help relationship skills can reduce the use of avoidance mechanisms and improve HCW self-perceived psycho-existential support to patients/families.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.12968/ijpn.2017.23.1.36
Uncontrolled keywords: Death anxiety, Professional education, Burnout
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Jenny Billings
Date Deposited: 25 May 2017 09:30 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 04:16 UTC
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