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Death & Dying: Issues in End of Life Care


Jan Cooper

Duration: 5 day block

4000 word essay

CATS: 20


Explore some of the issues in end of life care for patients with advanced and progressive disease
Analyse the complexity of the dying process and the challenges these pose when caring for this group of patients including: sociological perspectives; communication; symptom management in the last 48 hours of life; aspects of service provision/delivery
  • You will also be encouraged to critically analyse ethical and moral issues that occur in clinical practice with dying patients
  • Led by professionals in the field of palliative care, the teaching and learning style is interactive, drawing on knowledge and experience of both the expert teachers and the participants
  • As with all of the palliative care modules, it is multidisciplinary, drawing on the knowledge and expertise of a range of professionals – a feature that has been valued highly by past students

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Other options
  • MSc route: available as an option on MSc Health Sciences (Palliative Care) programme
  • Not sure an MSc is for you? A wide range of study patterns can be followed. The module can be taken as a non-assessed short course, accredited (20 CATS) as an individual Postgraduate Award (PGA), or counted as a core module towards the MSc Health Sciences (Palliative Care). The module is also available as an option on other postgraduate programmes within the WMS portfolio
In the words of past students, the module provides:
the chance to explore the whole area of palliative care open so that complacency was challenged and concepts opened up. There was a good balance of content and interaction. I feel as if a whole world of concepts and questions has been opened up, but the wherewithal given on how to approach that
Excellent course – enjoyed the group interactions and skill mix. Good group work and involvement
Supportive teaching - well organised and prepared
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