New Program Targets Major Healthcare Workforce Gap
Patients Needing Palliative Care Far Outstrip Number of Trained Providers
SAN DIEGO – March 5, 2018 – A serious workforce gap in palliative medicine that prevents vulnerable patients from accessing needed care has spurred a new education initiative launched by the California State University Institute for Palliative Care.
The initiative, Essential Palliative Care Skills for Every Clinician, is a comprehensive online curriculum that equips family physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other providers to utilize basic palliative care principles in caring for patients with serious or life-limiting disease. Palliative care is a whole person approach to care focused on supporting patient choices, managing pain and psychosocial distress and improving quality of life, with or without curative treatment.