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A study showing that training can help GPs to provide a better death for patients is highlighted in the BMJ (2012; 344:e881). The national Council for Palliative Care has produced a training package for GP’s to build their confidence in talking with patients about and preparing for death. The package, ‘How Long Have I Got Doc’, is based on real life scenarios. Before undertaking the training, 45% of 113 GP’s said that they did not feel confident in talking to patients about death and dying, and after the four month programme 94% of the GPs said that they felt confident.

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A study showing that training can help GPs to provide a better death for patients is highlighted in the BMJ (2012; 344:e881). The national Council for Palliative Care has produced a training package for GP’s to build their confidence in talking with patients about and preparing for death. The package, ‘How Long Have I Got Doc’, is based on real life scenarios. Before undertaking the training, 45% of 113 GP’s said that they did not feel confident in talking to patients about death and dying, and after the four month programme 94% of the GPs said that they felt confident.

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