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Training in pediatric palliative care in Italy: still much to do

Journal title
Annali dell'Istituto superiore di sanita
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Benini, F.; Cauzzo, C.; Congedi, S.; Da Dalt, L.; Cogo, P.; Biscaglia, L.; Giacomelli, L.

AIM: This survey investigated the availability of training programs in pediatric palliative care (PPC) for Italian postgraduates specializing in pediatric medicine. METHODS: Two questionnaires were developed: (i) a questionnaire addressed to the Directors of Italian postgraduate pediatric medicine programs (n = 37); and (ii) a survey to the postgraduate students in pediatric medicine at the University Hospitals of Padua and Udine (n = 127). RESULTS: 14 directors participated (response rate: 37.8%). In 85.7% of cases (n = 12), lectures on PPC were offered, for a supposed maximum of 90 minutes/year. 116 students responded (response rate: 91%): they stated that, approximately 40 min/year of training on PPC was provided. In total, 37% of responders stated they attended a PPC Service during their training. The majority of responders (68.1%, n = 79) did not feel ready to care for a pediatric patient with life-limiting disease. CONCLUSIONS: Although PPC is well-recognized as part of a pediatrician’s training, it receives poor attention.

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