One-week multidisciplinary post-graduate palliative care training: an outcome-based program evaluation

Journal Paper/Review - Aug 18, 2020


Paal P, Brandstötter C, Bükki J, Elsner F, Ersteniuk A, Jentschke E, Stähli A, Slugotska I. One-week multidisciplinary post-graduate palliative care training: an outcome-based program evaluation. BMC Med Educ 2020; 20:276.
Journal Paper/Review (English)
BMC Med Educ 2020; 20
Publication Date
Aug 18, 2020
Issn Electronic
Brief description/objective

A multi-professional, post-graduate, one-week palliative care training program was piloted in November 2019 at the University of Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine. A formal evaluation of this program was performed.

This is a comparative, retrospective outcome-based evaluation of an educational intervention. Participants completed evaluation forms at the end of the course (post-intervention = T1), covering demographics, comparative retrospective self-assessment (40 items, 6-point Likert scale), organizational aspects, and general feedback (free text). At T1, the responses represent actual self-assessment, pre-interventional (T0) scores were generated by retrospective self-assessment. The Retrospective Performance Gain (RPG) was calculated on group level for the comparative self-assessment, demographic and organizational variables were analyzed by descriptive statistics, and free text answers were processed by qualitative methodology (content analysis).

Fifty-three of 56 attendants from all professions relevant to palliative care completed the evaluation forms (response 94,6%), with mean age 39y (22-64) and mean working experience 13,6y (1-44). Overall ratings of the program were very positive. Comparative retrospective self-assessment demonstrated a marked RPG from T0 to T1 on all items. Free text comments emphasized the need for regular nation-wide educational programs and for further education in bereavement care; inter-professional practice; communication; palliative care philosophy; professional self-care; specific nursing skills; dementia care; and advocacy, while the general contribution of the program to palliative care development in Ukraine was acknowledged.

Systematic evaluation of a post-graduate international training program in palliative care may provide a mutual learning experience and map country-specific barriers and facilitators that have to be addressed when setting up palliative care services.