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Gravagna, A. 2023. Students’ Understanding and Perception on End-of-Life Care: A Gerontology Education Study. Undergraduate Honors Thesis. University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


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This study examines University of Nebraska students’ understanding, experiences, and beliefs in the importance of end-of-life care. A total of fifty-six students completed a survey about hospice care, palliative care, and advanced planning. Results showed that students with over three credit hours of gerontology courses had a greater understanding of these concepts and more overall experiences with end-of-life care. Over 90% of all students surveyed, regardless of gerontology education, found the understanding of end-of-life concepts to be important. The knowledge disparity in those not enrolled in gerontology courses and their attitudes surrounding end-of-life care allows for future planning on how to best implement education for these critical topics.