Development and evaluation of an international, interdisciplinary palliative care workshop in Botswana

Mary Ersek, Miriam Sebego, Alicia Marini Bloom, Sheila Shaibu, Erin McMenamin, Mosidi Mokotedi

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Aim: This paper reports the development and evaluation of an interdisciplinary, international palliative care workshop presented in Gaborone, Botswana. Method: A 5-day workshop was held in June 2009 at the University of Botswana. Clinicians, faculty, and studentsfrom throughout Botswana were invited to attend at no cost. Participants included nurses,social workers, physicians, pharmacists, chaplains and volunteers. Learning activities included lectures, case studies, and group discussion. Results: Evaluation indicated high satisfaction with the workshop and signifi cant, though modest, gains in knowledge and self-evaluation of palliative care skills. Discussion revealed important clinical issues fo attendees and underscored the need to coordinate national efforts to enhance palliative care in Botswana. Conclusion: The international collaborative palliative care workshop increased the knowledge and commitment of attendees. Additional collaborative efforts to educate providers, coordinate care, and change policies and practices are needed to integrate palliative care fully into health care in Botswana.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-21
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Palliative Nursing
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Education
  • End-of-life care
  • Global health
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Nurses
  • Nursing
  • Palliative care


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