Relatório de estágio

  • Cristina Pissarro Correia de Azevedo (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


Medical oncology is undoubtedly one of those areas where the excellence of health care involves the integration of a palliative care approach. As a future oncologist, the completion of an observership in palliative care services of recognized value in the international community, allows an unquestionable professional development as well as a unique opportunity for personal reflection. In order to promote the consolidation of theoretical knowledge and the acquisition of technical and scientific skills in palliative care, an observership was performed at the Palliative Care Unit of Elizabeth Bruyère Hospital from February 1st to March 14th 2011, and at the Palliative Care and Supportive Team of The Ottawa Hospital, corresponding to a total of 375 hours of clinical practice. The main goals of the observership were the acquisition of skills in palliative care in cancer patients in the areas of management of the most common symptoms (pain, gastrointestinal symptoms, respiratory symptoms, catastrophic bleeding, neuropsychiatric symptoms and asthenia-anorexia-cachexia), communication with patients and their families, clinical research and education. The integration in the multidisciplinary team providing palliative care allowed a close look at the daily practice and promoted educational discussion about the clinical cases. This active interaction with the team provided a reflection in order to generate professional and personal changes that lead to excellence in clinical care in the area of medical oncology. On the other hand, collaboration with the research team allowed the contact with various research methods and with the peculiarities of clinical research in palliative care. Moreover, in addition to clinical care, other work developed in the areas of symptom control, clinical research and education was very important in order to achieve the goals of the observer ship. As a conclusion, despite the limitations inherent in an observer ship, it was possible to allow a personal growth and the opening of new horizons in relation to the acquisition of technical and scientific skills in palliative care, namely, in clinical care, communication, clinical research and education.
Date of AwardJul 2012
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
Supervisor José Luis Pereira, (Supervisor) & José Manuel Nascimento Costa (Co-Supervisor)


  • Mestrado em Cuidados Paliativos

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