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This Program trains professionals prepared to provide comprehensive care for the terminally-ill and their families.
With this Master's Degree in Palliative Care, students acquire specific skills that allow them to offer patients suffering from terminal illnesses, and their families, comprehensive, continuing and personalized treatment, in physical, emotional, social and spiritual concerns, by promoting autonomy and respect for the dignity of the patient.
The Official Master's Degree in Palliative Care covers knowledge of illnesses, symptoms and therapeutic options from a multidisciplinary perspective and explores, in-depth, the problems of patients at the end of their life, including overall suffering and understanding the process of mourning. In addition, students will learn about aspects related to the management of specific Palliative Care Programs.
This Master's Degree is geared towards professional specialization as well as fostering the initiation of students in tasks related to Research
Students who enroll in the Official Master's Degree Program in Palliative Care are provided with the opportunity to carry out internships on Palliative Care Teams, and will be able to gain familiarity with different organizational structures, such as hospital, support or home-care teams, in contact with the best professionals, both in the field of adult patients as well as in Pediatrics.Download brochure
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Work is focussed on what is most important: the patient, the person who is suffering, the family. They are the absolute protagonists of our training.
The courses related to psycho-social and spiritual needs helped me to grow as a person and a nurse, to reinforce my inner calm and to value life more.
This program is taught by professionals with a great deal of clinical experience in palliative care at different levels of assistance.
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With this Master’s Degree you will be able to provide attention and care to patients and their families
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In addition to fulfilling the prerequisites for the degree, it is mandatory to have applied for admission by submitting the application in the format provided, before the application deadline, and to meet the selection criteria established by the Admissions Commission of the School for this degree. The decision for admission is made by the Director of the “San Juan de Dios” University School of Nursing and Physiotherapy, assisted by the Director of the Master´s Degree and the Coordinator of the Master´s Degree.
In order to decide on the admission of a candidate to the Master's Degree in Palliative Care, the following criteria will be taken into account:
- Global grade point average of the transcript for the Undergraduate Degree, or its equivalent (this will represent 50% of the total weight for the decision).
- Presentation of the Curriculum Vitae (which will account for 20% of the total for the decision).
- Presentation of a Letter of Motivation for studying the Master's Degree in Palliative Care (which will carry 20% of the weight of the final decision).
- Interview of the candidate with the Director of the Master´s Degree (this will represent another 10% toward the final decision).
If students interested in being accepted to study at the Universidad Pontificia Comillas have any type of physical disability, they can receive information and personalized support by requesting aid from the Social Work Unit. This service at the Universidad Pontificia Comillas offers, among other services, a Program of Attention to Students with Disabilities.
The objective of the personal interview is to explore the following areas:
- Assessment of the academic transcript and of the field of studies up to the present time, identifying strengths and areas of interest.
- Assessment of the motivation for enrolling in the Master's Degree in Palliative Care and previous knowledge of applicants concerning the field for which they wish to be trained, as well as the motivation for studying at this university. This part of the interview also allows the interviewer to provide candidates with additional information and a better academic and professional orientation.
- General exploration of the personal characteristics of applicants and their aptitudes, assessing their ability to adjust to studies in the Master's Degree in Palliative Care. The interviewer will submit a report that will be considered as another piece of information to be taken into account by the Admissions Commission.
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Applicant Profile/Requirements and Documentation
The recommended profile for admission is that of a person interested in studying Palliative Care, which is orientated towards the Clinical and Health Care areas at any of its levels. A strong academic profile is recommended, together with an aptitude of versatility, to be able to adequately handle the language of both the Humanistic disciplines as well as that of the field of Health Sciences. It is understood, therefore, that a person must be motivated and professionally orientated to working with patients in the final phase of their lives, and with family members who form the nucleus of attention in Palliative Care, showing aptitudes and attitudes to establish personal relationships of help and support.
Requirements for Access to the Degree:
In order to be admitted as a student and to enroll in the Master's Degree in Palliative Care, the requirements contained in current legislation for access to University Postgraduate studies must be met and documentary evidence must be provided. For this Master's Degree, it is required to have previously obtained a University Degree in an area of Health Sciences.
|RESEARCH APPLIED TO HEALTH SCIENCES|
|Advanced research methodology and design in palliative care||12.0 ECTS|
|COMPREHENSIVE CARE OF THE PATIENT AND FAMILY|
|Sociocultural and Spiritual Aspects||4.0 ECTS|
|Physical and biological aspects of terminal illness||11.0 ECTS|
|Psychological Aspects||5.0 ECTS|
|Organization of training, teaching and services||4.0 ECTS|
|Clinical placements with palliative care teams||12.0 ECTS|
|FINAL MASTER'S THESIS|
|Final Master´s Degree Project||12.0 ECTS|
In recent years, there has been a rapid growth in Palliative Care programs and services in Spain. Advances in Medicine and increased life expectancy have lead to an increase in cases of patients who might require end-of-life care and so, at present, new palliative care units are being opened in hospitals, home intervention teams are being set up and hospices specializing in this type of care are opening.
The Official Master's Degree in Palliative Care provides students with the specific knowledge they require to enable them to offer comprehensive, continuous, and individualized care in emotional, social, and spiritual aspects to patients with terminal illnesses and their families, promoting autonomy and respecting the patient's dignity, in services such as hospital care, care at home, outpatient appointments, day care, etc. Furthermore, this Master's Degree is intended to encourage research in this area of knowledge.
CG1 - Ability to analyze and synthesize.
CG2 - Ability to apply theory to practice.
CG3 - Planning and time management.
CG4 - Basic general knowledge in the field of study.
CG5 - Basic knowledge of the profession.
CG6 - Research skills.
CG7 - Learning ability.
CG8 - Information management (research and analysis) skills.
CG9 - Critical and self-critical skills.
CG10 - Ability to adapt to new situations.
CG11 - Ability to generate new ideas (creativity).
CG12 - Problem-solving.
CG13 - Decision-making.
CG14 - Teamwork.
CG15 - Interpersonal skills.
CG16 – Leadership.
CG17 - Ability to work in an interdisciplinary team.
CG18 - Ability to communicate with laypersons.
CG19 - Recognition of diversity and multiculturalism.
CG20 - Ability to work in an international context.
CG21 - Project design and management.
CG22 - Ethical commitment.
CG23 - Concern for quality.
CE1 - Relevant knowledge of social, behavioral and health sciences, and the ability to apply it on the field of Palliative Care.
CE2 - Ability to identify and understand the most common signs and symptoms in patients with an advanced or terminal illness.
CE3 - Ability to perform thorough, systematic assessments using the proper tools and frameworks for a patient with an advanced or terminal illness, whether it is oncological or another kind, in order to identify signs of distress.
CE4 - Ability to identify physical and emotional components playing a role in symptom control and relief on an advanced or terminal illness.
CE5 - Ability to respond to patient's needs under changing circumstances during the evolution of the advanced or terminal illness.
CE6 - Relevant knowledge of drugs and therapies commonly used for symptomatic control of terminal illnesses.
CE7 - Ability to act in emergency situations which are frequent in the advanced stages of the illness.
CE8 - Relevant knowledge on patient assessment instruments and the ability to properly know and apply them on a patient going through the advanced stages of a terminal illness, and more specifically those which enable assessment of quality of life in the patients and their families.
CE9 - Ability to effectively communicate with the patients and their families regarding palliative care.
CE10 - Ability to identify and respect the personal needs of the patient in the advanced stages of a terminal illness.
CE11 - Ability to maintain the privacy, confidentiality and dignity of the patient in the advanced stages of a terminal illness.
CE12 - Ability to identify the grieving process and to adequately prepare specific actions to be taken in each phase.
CE13 - Relevant knowledge and ability to maintain a therapeutic relationship in the context of palliative care.
CE14 - Ability to efficiently use the resources available at Palliative Care Units in order to care for patients, and to apply health care assessment and auditing tools in accordance with the quality standards deemed relevant.
CE15 - Relevant knowledge and ability to understand those factors related to managing specific, palliative care programs.
CE16 - Ability to participate in ethics committees in the field of palliative care, and to substantiate ethical judgments.
CE17 - Ability to work and communicate effectively with all the staff of the palliative care team in order to achieve the expected quality standards.
CE18 - Relevant knowledge and ability to identify abandonment or burnout signs in team members due to the care they are providing for terminally ill patients and their families.
CE19 - Relevant knowledge on clinical ethics specific for palliative care situations, and the ability to apply such principles and deliberation whenever situations of ethical conflict arise.
CE20 - Relevant knowledge and ability to become aware of the patient's rights in the advanced stages of a terminal illness.
CE21 - Relevant knowledge on scientific research principles and ability to apply them.
CE22 - Ability to find, assess, understand and critically summarize information obtained from databases or other documentary sources, specific to the field of palliative care.
CE23 - Relevant knowledge and ability to design and develop a research project on aspects relating to the field of palliative care.
CE24 - Relevant knowledge and ability to apply the principles of evidence-based practice within the framework of health sciences.
CE25 - Ability to accept the responsibility of satisfying training and professional development needs in order to easily adjust to new professional scenarios in the field of palliative care.
CE26 - Ability to train, supervise and support professionals in the field of palliative care.
CE27 - Ability to safely prescribe specific drugs and other therapies to patients with an advanced or terminal illness, and to properly recognize their effects.