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Document Typology: Article
Target groups: Health Workers
country Where It Took Place: Spain
Name of compiler: CECE
name of institution: CECE
language Of The Description: English
title: Cinema in the teaching of Medicine: palliative care and bioethics
description Of The Best Practice:
The cinema can be considered as a mirror for human life and its circumstances so it can be very helpful for studing pain, illness and death. Its characteristics give cinema a set of formative skills that can not be better specially if it is backed by a rigurous definition and a coherent, logic and structured pedagogic design.
The objective of this course is to provide future doctors with the necessary tools to be able of understand the histories, the sickness and the suffering of their patients. This will help them to face their patient´s problems in a comprehensive way having into account all the different sides of them.
The article divide the films in two lists, one interesting in paliative care and the other one interesting in bioethics.

The article talks about a catalogue of films with interest in bioethics and paliative care. Those films, their content and the way they can be helpful for the study of medicine and the understanding of pain are treated in the article in order to explain the different aspect of suffering. There is an analysis of several films that have a huge amount of human and scientific elements. The authors stress that precisely, in virtue of those elements, those films become teaching materials very attractive for a wide and profound analysis of different terminal illnesses and their individual and collective analysis.
Quality indicators:
Use of means of narrative medicine
It gives a good collection of films that help to understand the principles of narrative medicine.
The catalogue is very interesting and the films are acompanied by the more important narrative aspects that will help the medicine students to understand human life.
The fact that with regards to the films they are explained in their significance for the medicine, be it in the field of the paliative care or be it in bioethics field.
The proper annalyisis of films can help the proffesionals to understand the relationship stablished between them, their patients and their relatives. It can also help to develop and improve carer´s skills that will help them to give ethical and adecuate responses to the problems related with this kind of patients.

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