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A survey on services and training of clinical psychologists in Palliative Care
The purpose of this study was to clarify clinical psychologists' practical problems of services and training in working with cancer patients and their family members. In 2007, a questionnaire on services and training systems was sent to 205 clinical psychologists in palliative care, for which 66 respondents(32.1%) returned completed questionnaires. 40(62.5%) belonged to general hospitals, 13(20.3%) belonged to university hospitals, and 5(7.8%) belonged to cancer centers. The main results of the survey were as follows: (a) 50(80.1%) provided consultation with palliative care team members; (b) 51(78.5%) provided counseling and psychotherapy for patients with cancer; (c) 42(64.6%) provided psychological interventions for their families; (d) 41(66.1%) provided psychological supports for other palliative care providers who faced issues of burnout and bereavement; and (e) 42(68.9%) were unsatisfied with less chances of training in/out their hospitals, and only 14(21.9%) were supervised by faculty of certified graduate schools of clinical psychology. Finally, several methods to solve problems in training and supervising were proposed and discussed.