Top Ten Tips Palliative Care Clinicians Should Know About Teaching Trainees How to Conduct a Family Meeting

J Palliat Med. 2021 Feb;24(2):267-272. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2020.0687. Epub 2020 Dec 11.


The family meeting is an essential component of effective palliative care (PC); however, medical students and junior doctors-in-training often consider leading a family meeting to be a daunting task. The old "see one, do one, teach one" axiom should not apply in preparing trainees to conduct a family meeting. After a review of the literature on established PC curricula, trainee perceptions of their PC educational experiences, and documented educational interventions in preparing trainees to conduct a family meeting, we have compiled a list of 10 tips for clinical educators to consider in assisting their students to feel better equipped to conduct productive family meetings.

Keywords: clinician/patient communication; conducting family meetings; didactic teaching; educational design; implications for care; medical learner education.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Curriculum
  • Education, Nursing*
  • Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing*
  • Humans
  • Palliative Care
  • Students, Medical*