Nursing students' knowledge of palliative care: A short literature review

Asala Alhamdoun, Mohammad Al Qadire*, Khaldoun M. Aldiabat, Omar Al-Rawajfah

*Corresponding author for this work

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Background: Health professionals must be knowledgeable and skilled in providing palliative care. This short report reviews the literature that has assessed student nurses' knowledge of palliative care. Method: The following databases were searched: CINHAL, ScienceDirect, Medline, PubMed and Google Scholar for manuscripts published from 2014 to 2020. Only six articles met the inclusion criteria and were thoroughly reviewed. Findings: Students were found to have a poor knowledge of palliative care, especially the management of a patient's symptoms and the definition of palliative care. Conclusion: Integrating palliative care education within nursing curricula is a priority, although the best method to accomplish this is yet to be established.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-57
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Palliative Nursing
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Education
  • Life-threatening conditions
  • Nursing curricula
  • Palliative care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Advanced and Specialised Nursing


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