A novel interprofessional approach to end-of-life care education: A pilot study

Pranay Sinha, Susan Perrin Murphy, Chelsea Marie Becker, Hunter Jameson Poarch, Kristine Elizabeth Gade, Alexander Thomas Wolf, James Robert Martindale, John Alexander Owen, Valentina Brashers

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Navigating the biomedical, emotional, and logistical complexity of end-of-life (EOL) care requires seamless interprofessional teamwork. Unfortunately, EOL care, interprofessional collaboration, and the role of support services such as hospice are not adequately emphasized in nursing and medical curricula. This article describes a student-run program, entitled the "HeArt of Medicine", which was designed to foster a reflective and collaborative approach to EOL care. The program consists of three workshops with a novel blend of art, science, and practical information, highlighting the need for interprofessional teamwork. Participants were surveyed before and after the workshops on their attitudes toward EOL care. Composite participant scores after workshops demonstrated increased comfort with and knowledge of EOL care topics (p = 0.001). The results show that this program has had a positive impact on participants knowledge, comfort, and collaboration in EOL settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)643-645
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Interprofessional Care
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 3 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Education
  • end-of-life care
  • hospice
  • interprofessional nursing education
  • palliative care
  • undergraduate medical education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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