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Table 1 Thematic content and didactic methods of the elearning course Basic Topics in Palliative Care

From: Can elearning be used to teach palliative care? – medical students’ acceptance, knowledge, and self-estimation of competence in palliative care after elearning

Module Contents Teaching units (TU) Didactic methods
Introduction Fundamentals of palliative care
Communication and psychosocial aspects
2 TU Virtual Standardised Patients (VSPs)
electures; graphics, Youtube videos
Self-reflection exercises
Module 1: Symptom management: pain, dyspnea WHO-staging system, opioid rotation, therapy of dyspnea 1 TU Virtual Standardised Patients (VSPs)
Module 2: Breaking bad news in palliative care Communication in palliative care (e.g. SPIKES model) 1 TU Learning from models
Module 3: Nutrition and thirst at the end-of-life Eating, drinking and oral care 1 TU Interprofessional teaching
Module 4: Gastroenterological symptom management Nausea, vomiting, constipation, obstruction, diarrhoea 1 TU Problem-based learning with case vignettes
Module 5: Psychiatric symptom management Anxiety, delirium 1 TU Virtual Standardised Patients (VSPs)
Interactive case management
Module 6: Interprofessional Team Members of the palliative care team 1 TU Virtual Standardised Patients (VSPs)
Interprofessional Teaching
Module 7: Clinical ethics Advance care planning, aspects of euthanasia 1 TU Interactive case management
Module 8: Symptom management: final phase Dying phases, Liverpool Care Pathway 1 TU Virtual Standardised Patients (VSPs)
   Total 10 TU  
  1. 1 TU = 45 min