Analyzing the Unique Needs of International Palliative Care Learners Attending a United States-Based Palliative Care Education and Practice Course

J Palliat Med. 2021 Nov;24(11):1721-1724. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2021.0135. Epub 2021 Aug 23.


Background: Many seriously ill patients in need of palliative care (PC) globally never receive it, partly due to a lack of well-trained providers. Objectives: We analyzed feedback from international participants in a U.S.-based PC training course: "Palliative Care Education and Practice" to identify elements of the course that would meet the needs of international learners. Design: This was a qualitative analysis of international course participants' written survey responses. Survey questions were related to anticipated PC practice change, barriers to PC practice change, and course strengths/weaknesses. Results: Key barriers to PC practice change included lack of awareness of PC among local providers, challenges navigating institutional leaders, and a lack of trained providers. Participants requested an increased focus on topics such as resiliency, leadership, and pediatric PC. Conclusions: To address the needs of international learners, PC courses should consider offering a specific track for international participants, as well as an increased focus on topics such as resiliency, leadership development, and pediatric PC.

Keywords: education; international; palliative care.

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing*
  • Humans
  • Leadership
  • Palliative Care*
  • United States