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The Changing Nature of Palliative Care: Implications for Allied Health Professionals’ Educational and Training Needs

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Palliative and Supportive Services, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University, Adelaide 5001, Australia
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CareSearch, Flinders University, Adelaide 5001, Australia
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Nutrition and Dietetics, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University, Adelaide 5001, Australia
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Healthcare 2019, 7(4), 112; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare7040112
Received: 11 August 2019 / Revised: 24 September 2019 / Accepted: 26 September 2019 / Published: 28 September 2019
CareSearch is an Australian Government Department of Health funded repository of evidence-based palliative care information and resources. The CareSearch Allied Health Hub was developed in 2013 to support all allied health professionals working with palliative care clients in all clinical settings. This cross-sectional online survey sought to elicit allied health professionals palliative care experiences and subsequent considerations for educational and clinical practice needs. The survey was disseminated nationally via a range of organisations. Data was collected about palliative care knowledge, experience working with palliative care clients and professional development needs. Data were evaluated by profession, experience and practice setting. In total, 217 respondents answered one or more survey questions (94%). Respondents (65%) reported seeing >15 palliative care clients per month with 84% seen in hospital and community settings. Undergraduate education underprepared or partially prepared allied health professionals to work with these clients (96%) and 67% identified the need for further education. Access to postgraduate professional development was limited by available backfill and funding. Study findings support the importance of free, accessible, relevant educational and professional development resources to support clinical practice. This is particularly relevant for allied health professionals who have limited opportunities to attend formal professional development sessions. View Full-Text
Keywords: allied health; education/training; palliative care; education allied health; education/training; palliative care; education
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Morgan, D.D.; Rawlings, D.; Moores, C.J.; Button, L.; Tieman, J.J. The Changing Nature of Palliative Care: Implications for Allied Health Professionals’ Educational and Training Needs. Healthcare 2019, 7, 112.

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