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Teaching Palliative Care to Residents and Medical Students

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Artigo publicado em 09/2010. Local de publicação: Family Medicine

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Human suffering and death are a constant presence in medical practice. Even so, many health care professionals have difficulty dealing with this subject. Physicians do not feel comfortable dealing with incurable patients, because their medical knowledge and technical skills are not enough. Nevertheless, clinical experiences with such patients is essential in medical education. In Brazil, palliative care is an emergent specialty that is performed by few clinicians, typically oncologists or family doctors. We believe that, because of the inherent characteristics of family medicine, the training of students and residents in palliative care is indispensable.