Death education in U.S. professional colleges: medical, nursing, and pharmacy

Death Stud. 1987;11(1):57-61. doi: 10.1080/07481188708252174.


Physicians, nurses, and pharmacists often practice in death environments. A questionnaire was mailed to 126 medical schools, 396 baccalaureate nursing schools and 72 pharmacy colleges to determine the extent of death education offerings in their curricula. A response rate of better than 80 percent was received. The majority of professional programs had some emphasis on thanatology which was initiated within the past decade.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude to Death*
  • Data Collection
  • Death*
  • Education, Medical*
  • Education, Nursing*
  • Education, Pharmacy*
  • Humans
  • Thanatology*
  • United States