Doctors acknowledge education gap on end of life

20140127-02Doctors groups have called for urgent investment in training and incentives to address significant concerns over doctors’ poor knowledge of advance care planning.

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) said it supported advance care planning becoming a routine part of general practice and it had developed learning resources to help GPs, while the Australian Medical Association (AMA) said it supported expanding the Practice Incentive Program to include advance care planning.

The professional bodies were responding to new research which found significant gaps in doctors’ understanding about the legal status of advance care directives and the authority of substitute decision-makers…read more

An article from Media Watch, compiled and annotated by Barry R. Ashpole (Ontario, Canada). More reports can be found at IPCRC.NET