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27th German Cancer Congress Berlin 2006

German Cancer Society (Frankfurt/M.)

22. - 26.03.2006, Berlin

A Course of Palliative Medicine for General Practicioners -experiences after two years

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  • corresponding author presenting/speaker Jens Papke - Praxis für Innere Medizin und Onkologie, Neustadt, Neustadt/Sachsen, Deutschland

27. Deutscher Krebskongress. Berlin, 22.-26.03.2006. Düsseldorf, Köln: German Medical Science; 2006. DocPO552

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Published: March 20, 2006

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Based on the curriculum of the Federal Physicians´ Chamber and the German Society of Palliative Medicine a 40-hours-course of palliative medicine was developed especially for the interests and needs of General Practitioners (GP). The first course was held in spring 2004; three further courses followed till November 2005. The contents basedon the curriculum and were completed with lectures from a home care nurse, a surgeon and an undertaker.All the lecturers have own practical experiences in palliative care.With beginning of the second course an internal control of quality and satisfaction was done. Method: Participants had to rate thelecturers with a mark between 1 (very good) and 6 (bad). The results were added and compared. Results: 53 GPs and 12 nurses took part in the last three courses. The median mark for the 2nd course in 2004 was 1.71; for the 1st course in 2005 1.74; for the 2nd course in 2005 1.73. Two lecturers got always bad marks and therefore will be exchanged in further courses. Conclusion: The comments about the course were quite positive and good comparable. The comments and marks from the participants were used to improve curriculum and presentation for further courses.