Hematology/Oncology Fellows' Training in Palliative Care: A Narrative Review

Madeline J. Albert, Molly E. Collins, Jessica R. Bauman

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Palliative care (PC) education is a vital and required part of hematology-oncology fellows' education to build PC skills, attitudes, and knowledge. However, previous research has shown that education in PC is inadequate. This narrative review of the literature on primary PC education during hematology-oncology fellowship programs aims at identifying the current state of PC education, existing gaps, and potential future directions for improving PC education. Fourteen articles were identified and reviewed. The types of articles included trainee and program leadership responses, and interventions designed to improve PC education. Results from each study are reported. Overall, trainees and program leadership rate current PC education as varied, often inadequate, and in need of improvement. Educational interventions show that some form of PC education increases perceived knowledge and confidence in PC skills. Future studies are needed to develop the most effective and impactful educational models.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)999-1008
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Palliative Medicine
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2023


  • education intervention
  • hematology-oncology education
  • palliative care education


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