Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Last summer I had the distinct pleasure of hosting three medical students from Tongji University Medical School, Shanghai for a month elective in palliative care. The three students voraciously absorbed information about tending to patients with life-limiting illness - including communicating difficult news, negotiating goals of care, basic and complex symptom management. We reflected on the differences in practice and in palliative care medical education between UMass and Tongji U in Shanghai.
- Knowledge of WHO guidelines and preference with drug choice for cancer pain management;
- Knowledge of cancer pain management and actual morphine utilization patterns;
- Physician perception of factors impeding use of morphine in clinical practice.