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Purpose of the Short Palliative Care Introductory Course

The five days palliative care introductory course will give basic information and knowledge to health care workers on the concepts of Palliative Care. The course will empower participant to identify patients with palliative care needs, undertake holistic assessment and mange some of the pains and symptoms of palliative care patients. They will gain knowledge how to integrate palliative
care concepts in the daily health care activities. They will also learn appropriate referrals systems to specialized palliative care centers. They will join the big network of palliative care professionals.

The aim of the course is to develop participants understanding of the philosophy, principles and practice of palliative care.
The course content will:

  • Develop participants knowledge of the philosophy of palliative care and its applicability to the Ugandan health care system.
  • Develop participants knowledge and skills in relation to assessing and managing most common symptoms affecting patients with palliative care needs and their families.
  • Develop participants knowledge and skills in communicating effectively with patients with life limiting illnesses and their families.
  • Develop participants knowledge to handle grief and bereavement issues.
  • Develop participants knowledge of palliative care for HIV and AIDS.
  • Enhance the holistic approach to palliative care patients. They will be able to attend to patients’ physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs.
  • Discuss ethical dilemmas faced in palliative care.
  • Discuss the importance of caring for the careers.
  • Develop participants knowledge and skills to deal with issues around death and dying and end-of-life care.

The course has been developed for health care professionals (nurses, doctors, clinical officers, social workers etc.) who work in the general health care setting (Government and private health facilities) as well as those working in palliative care settings.

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