Project: Research project

Project Details


DESCRIPTION: This application satisfies
the criteria of the RFA including the six special requirements. In
addition, our application offers three unique circumstances which
enhance the intent of the RFA: the cultural diversity of our patient
population, our geographic setting and the configuration of health care
economics in this region. Our current census reflects the cultural,
ethnic, socioeconomic, linguistic, life-style and diagnostic diversity
of the patients we serve. On the West Coast, we are the only
university-based hospice that provides palliative care education and
thus serves as a natural magnet for such education throughout this area.
The concentration of managed care in Sacramento affords the opportunity
to provide palliative education in a context that closely
resembles the future configuration of health care delivery. We have extensive experience spanning fifteen years providing palliative
care education to a variety of health care providers and professionals
in training. This application extends the University of California
Davis Medical Center Hospice educational program by increasing the
number of students and standardizing the core learning experience
for trainees. We have in place plans to effectively publicize and
recruit participants and have secured substantial commitments for
participation from a multiplicity of disciplines and educational
sites.The methodology and evaluation of our program are covered in
depth. The role modeling provided by our interdisciplinary team will
be replicated as our trainees graduate and enter their unique practice
environments. Further dissemination will occur through the
publication of research initiated by the grant recipients. The
content and scope of our educational activities are described in
detail. Comprehensive didactic treatment of relevant palliative
medicine topics is included, as well as substantial in milieu
experience. Students will be paired with members of the hospice
interdisciplinary team delivering direct care in homes, congregate
living environments and clinics. Quality palliative medicine blends
the science of effective symptom relief with the art of support and
presence for the patients, the caregivers, the treatment team, and for
the very process of dying. This program will educate health care
professionals in the palliative arts; show up, listen, provide witness
and support patients who are in the process of dying. Our aim then
is straightforward: educate role models, those most able to
disseminate the art and science of palliative care to the current and
future generation of health care providers and consumers.
Effective start/end date9/30/948/31/98


  • National Institutes of Health


  • Medicine(all)


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