Effective Advance Care Planning Fundamentals
Advance care planning involves the development of an informed plan regarding the care that an individual would or would not want in the event they become unable to communicate their healthcare choices in the future. Effective Advance Care Planning Fundamentals provides a comprehensive overview of advance care planning that can be used to orient and train all staff regarding the importance of documenting care preferences.
The course begins by presenting a variety of perspectives regarding advance care planning depending upon a person’s health status and personal values. Participants will learn how to describe the benefits of advance care planning and explain the terminology that often confuses professionals, patients, and family caregivers. The advance care planning process and the forms used to document care choices are described. Individuals will also have the opportunity to engage with case vignettes to apply their knowledge under a variety of care scenarios.
This course is part of the Effective Advance Care Planning: Skill Building for Everyone series. Learn more and get the Advance Care Planning guide.
What You’ll Learn
- Describe both the life cycle approach and the values-based perspective to advance care planning
- Articulate the importance of advance care planning and describe trends in healthcare that make planning an urgent need in some settings
- List three outcomes of successful advance care planning
- Define relevant legal terms including advance healthcare directive, durable power of attorney for healthcare, living will, surrogate, capacity, and competency
- Outline the steps in advance care planning
- Recognize and understand the forms used in advance care planning
- List three differences between advance healthcare directives and the physician orders for life-sustaining treatment
What You’ll Earn
1 continuing education (CE) credit approved by the following accreditation bodies:
- CEs are provided through California State University San Marcos, accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
- The Doctors Company designates this activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of The Doctors Company and California State University Shiley Institute for Palliative Care. The Doctors Company is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
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The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California in partnership with The California State University Shiley Institute for Palliative Care created this self-paced online course to help organizations prepare all employees and volunteers to discuss the benefits of advance care planning with patients and family caregivers.
- Judy Thomas, JD
- Lael C. Duncan, MD
- Shirley Otis-Green, MSW, ACSW, OSW-C
Completion and Refunds
In order to complete this course and obtain a certificate, you must view the course in its entirety, correctly answer all case studies and quiz/test questions (as appropriate) and complete the evaluation. You will have 90 days to access this course from the date of purchase. No refunds are given for self-paced courses.