Academic Year 2023/2024

  • Docente: Rabih Chattat
  • Credits: 1
  • SSD: M-PSI/08
  • Language: Italian
  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Forli
  • Corso: Single cycle degree programme (LMCU) in Medicine and Surgery (cod. 5709)

Learning outcomes

Knowledge about  the psychological and relational  aspects within a palliative care relationship. The relationships between patient and family, between patient and professional carers and between family and professional carers. Quality of life. psychological distress, anxiety, depression. . The disclosure of bad news. The support and supervision of the staff. How to prevent burnout. The management of complicated grief.

Course contents

The course will be run on the  second semester and aims to provide the basic knowledge on he psychological and relational aspects in the contexts of palliative care , mainly:

1- The person in palliative care: psychological suffering

2- the psychological, existential and spiritual dimensions of people in palliative care

3- Quality of life and palliative care

4- family relationships and dynamics

5- the care team in palliative care

6- communication and shared decisions 

7-Introduction to interventions.


Reference: Libro Italiano di Medicina e cure palliative. Poletto, Milano, 2019


Updated litterature review will be suggested during lectures

Teaching methods


Case discussion 

Role playing

Assessment methods

Learning assessment methods.

For the learning assessment the following approach will be used: 

One open question concerning a clinicalcase

10 multiple choice questions concerning the topics covered throughout the course.

The following criteria will be used for the evaluation of the open question:

1- contents reported on the subject matter

2- description skills and logical framework

3- the appropriateness of the language used concerning the topic covered

Teaching tools

Slide Projector


Role playing

Office hours

See the website of Rabih Chattat


Good health and well-being Reduced inequalities

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.