:: Volume 14, Issue 12 (3-2015) ::
Iranian Journal of Medical Education 2015, 14(12): 1047-1056 Back to browse issues page
Situation Analysis and Designing an Interprofessional Curriculum for Palliative Care of the Cancer Patients
Alireza Irajpour , Mousa Alavi, Akram Izadikhah
Associate professor, Critical Care Nursing Department, Nursing and Midwifery Care Research Center, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran. Email: irajpour@nm.mui.ac.ir , irajpour@nm.mui.ac.ir
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Introduction: Comprehensive palliative care of cancer patients could be achieved by developing interprofessional collaboration through which professionals from a variety of professions come together to meet the clients’ complexity of health care needs. Health professionals are supposed to get ready to perform such an important responsibility. Therefore an interprofessional curriculum for palliative care of cancer patients was designed in Isfahan University of Medical Sciences. Methods: This study employed a mixed method design based on the curriculum development steps. The study population consisted of health professionals (including professionals from medicine, nursing, psychology, nutritionist, social working and rehabilitation) from health centers affiliated with Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Islamic studies experts who collaborate with the health system and cancer patients. Data were collected through review of literature (electronic and library resources) and conducting interview with participants, and were analyzed through conventional qualitative content analysis and were revised and completed through expert panels. Results:In the first step, 50 articles and reports and 6 related books were selected and reviewed as preliminary sources of data. Moreover 17 participants were interviewed. In order to revise and complete the qualitative data, in the second step, 8 panels were assembled with participation of 30 specialists. Finally, 10 learning subtopics were identified within two general topics of interprofessional education/collaboration and palliative care related methods of teaching and evaluation were also delineated. Conclusion:Various aspects of health professionals’ training needs in palliative care for cancer patients are covered in the proposed curriculum. Moreover a specific attention has been paid to interprofessional aspects of the palliative care. Therefore it could be considered as a guide for preparing health professionals in order to offer appropriate palliative care for cancer patients in the form of interprofessional teams.
Keywords: Palliative care, Cancer patients, Curriculum development, Interprofessional education
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Type of Study: Original research article | Subject: Curriculum Development
Received: 2014/08/2 | Accepted: 2015/01/13 | Published: 2015/02/28

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