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Open Access Correspondence

The ACA training programme to improve communication between general practitioners and their palliative care patients: development and applicability

Willemjan Slort1*, Annette H Blankenstein1, Bernardina S Wanrooij2, Henriëtte E van der Horst1 and Luc Deliens34

Author Affiliations

1 Department of General Practice, EMGO + Institute for Health and Care Research, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2 Department of General Practice/Family Medicine, Division of Public Health, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

3 Department of Public and Occupational Health, EMGO + Institute for Health and Care Research, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

4 End-of-Life Care Research Group, Ghent University & Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium

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BMC Palliative Care 2012, 11:9  doi:10.1186/1472-684X-11-9

Published: 27 June 2012

Abstract

We describe the development of a new training programme on GP-patient communication in palliative care, and the applicability to GPs and GP Trainees. This ‘ACA training programme’ focuses on Availability of the GP for the patient, Current issues that should be raised by the GP, and Anticipating various scenarios. Evaluation results indicate the ACA training programme to be applicable to GPs and GP Trainees. The ACA checklist was appreciated by GPs as useful both in practice and as a learning tool, whereas GP Trainees mainly appreciated the list for use in practice.

Keywords:
Palliative care; Communication; Education; Family practice; Feasibility studies; Physician-patient relations