Nowadays there is a “dehumanization” of death and the process of dying. In Portugal, despite the long journey already done, there is still much to do in Palliative Care. There are great needs, both materially and in human resources. It is fundamental to invest on the professional’s holistic education, which goes far beyond the technical aspects related to Palliative Care. In this context, the student has performed an observational teaching practice within his Palliative Care Master, which report is here presented. The student is completing his internship in Family Medicine. As such there was a preference for a practical experience in Palliative Care, covering distinct realities. There was a traineeship with Equipa de Suporte em Cuidados Paliativos (Palliative Care Support Team), at Matosinhos Local Health Unit, in hospital support, out-patient clinic and home care. There was also a traineeship with Centro San Camilo in Tres Cantos (Madrid), both in clinical and educational fronts. It was possible to join the activities of Unidad de Cuidados Paliativos (Palliative Care Unit), Residencia Geriátrica Asistida (Geriatric Nursing Home), Centro de Día (Day Centre) and Centro de Humanización de la Salud (Educational Centre). Of the critical analysis of the traineeships it is noted the importance of the range of technical skills and material resources but also of attitudes needed in Palliative Care. In Portugal, it is important the professional, social and political awareness of Palliative Care: what it is, what is has to offer and its importance.
|Date of Award||18 Jul 2017|
- Universidade Católica Portuguesa
|Supervisor||João Costa Amado (Supervisor)|
- Mestrado em Cuidados Paliativos