Pharmacy students' attitudes toward death and end-of-life care

PUBMED ID

21045946

 
Authors
 
Beall JW. Broeseker AE.
 
Institution
 
McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University, 800Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, AL 35229, USA. jwbeall@samford.edu
 
Title
 
Pharmacy students' attitudes toward death and end-of-life care.
 
Source
 
American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. 74(6):104, 2010 Aug 10.
 
 

Abstract

 
 
OBJECTIVES
 
To assess pharmacy students' attitudes toward death and end-of-life care.
 
METHODS
 
Third-year pharmacy students enrolled in the Ethics in Christianity and Health Care course were administered a survey instrument prior to introduction of the topic of end-of-life care. Students' attitudes toward different professions' roles in end-of-life care and their comfort in discussing end-of-life issues were assessed. The survey instrument was readministered to the same students at the end of their fourth year.
 
RESULTS
 
On most survey items, female students responded more favorably toward death and end-of-life care than male students. One exception was the perceived emotional ability to be in the room of a dying patient or loved one. Post-experiential survey responses were generally more favorable toward death and end-of-life care than were pre-discussion responses.
 
CONCLUSIONS
 
In general, when surveyed concerning death and end-of-life care, female students responded more favorably than male students, and responses at the end of the fourth year were more favorable than at the beginning of the course.