CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care Announces 2014 Professional Courses and Community Events
San Marcos, Calif. — November 12, 2013 In recognition of national Hospice and Palliative Care Month, the California State University Shiley Institute for Palliative Care has announced its 2014 schedule of professional courses and community workshops. “Integrating palliative care across the continuum of health care is a vital step to improving the quality of care provided to those with a serious or chronic illness. And, it improves patient and family satisfaction while reducing health care system costs,c” said Helen McNeal, executive director of the Institute, “But without a workforce knowledgeable in palliative care and patients and families who demand it, progress will be slow.”
McNeal defines palliative care as an approach to care that improves the quality of life for patients facing serious or chronic illness — whatever the diagnosis or prognosis – and their families. It prevents and relieves suffering by addressing pain and physical symptoms as well as the emotional, psychosocial and spiritual problems associated with serious and chronic conditions.