Type C – Dr Rene Krause – Evaluating Palliative Care training in the oncology registrar program
Dr Rene Krause
Title of the project
Evaluating Palliative Care training in the oncology registrar program
- train oncology registrars using a formalised Palliative Care curriculum developed by the University of Cape Town for the South African context.
- Measure the impact of formally trained clinicians.
Research and discussion in oncology have indicated the need for formalised Palliative Care (PC) training for clinicians. Internationally PC is already included in oncology curriculums and has demonstrated favourable outcomes (Cherny, Catane, Schrijvers, Kloke & Strasser, 2010). The rationale of this project is refine the formal PC course, and evaluate the impact of a one year course in Palliative Medicine on the oncology registrar curriculum in South Africa.
The project was launched in May 2017 and Dr Melissa Wallace, Head of Research was invited to attend the first day of the workshop of the training of facilitators on the project. The workshop was very successful and did not only highlight the great need for PC training but for support in general. CANSA was thanked for making this possible. The course will start on 26 June with facilitators and 31 July with the students. The site is 95% finished and all the facilitators had an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the site and the materials.