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ERIC Number: ED138861
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
Death Education in Medical Schools in the United States.
Dickinson, George E.
The object of this research is to determine if medical schools in the United States are offering death education. The study is basically reportorial. Rationale for the study and a review of selected literature are stated. An increased emphasis on death education in recent years is found both in the literature and the data presented here. The research instrument is a mailed questionnaire sent to the deans of the 113 medical schools in the United States. The return rate for this one-page questionnaire is 95 percent. Statistical analysis using the Chi square test of significance revealed no statistical difference between size of student body, regional location, and private or public school and whether or not death education is taught. The data show that only 14 of the 107 medical schools returning the questionnaire do not have "formal death education per se." The majority have "a lecture or two" or a "mini-course" while only seven have a full-term course. Death education in medical schools is new within the past decade and the emphasis within the curriculum is limited. In conclusion, suggested types of death education courses in medical schools are presented. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Sociological Society (St. Louis, Missouri April 21-24, 1976)