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Drama as an Experiential Technique in Learning How to Cope with Dying Patients and their Families

Deeny, Patrick, Boyd, Mary M., Boore, JRP, Leyden, C and McCaughan, Eilis (2001) Drama as an Experiential Technique in Learning How to Cope with Dying Patients and their Families. Teaching in Higher Educaion, 6 (1). pp. 99-112. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1080/13562510124223


This paper discusses a teaching experiment in which participation and observation of a drama helped first year nursing students to consider ways of dealing with death and dying. Workshops included dramatised scenarios of critical incidents demonstrating different peoples' experiences of the death of a fictional patient in hospital. Two nurse teachers performed a two-part drama about the experiences of a patient just diagnosed with terminal cancer. Live performances were presented to large groups of students and followed by small group discussions. Drama as a teaching method was well received, and the combination of drama and group discussion was considered very effective by students, who requested more similar sessions. Drama appears highly satisfactory for achieving learning in the affective domain, and can be added to teaching methods for improving communication skills and coping strategies with nursing students who will be caring for the dying. However, further research is necessary.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Nursing
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Managing Chronic Illness Research Centre
ID Code:17918
Deposited By: Professor Eilis McCaughan
Deposited On:06 Apr 2011 14:17
Last Modified:24 Jun 2011 12:37

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