The Five Trajectories: Supporting Patients Through Serious Illness
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Developing meaningful relationships with patients over the long term is one of joys of family medicine. As our population ages, however, more of those patients will experience serious, chronic, or progressive illness. Primary care providers are uniquely positioned to support patients and families through those challenges, and on through the end of life.
This eBook examines the common trajectories of serious illness and dying – including a fifth trajectory not identified in well-known studies – and offers a framework for how primary care clinicians can serve patients and families experiencing any one of them.
This informative guide includes practical resources that primary care provider can use to help support patients at any stage of a serious illness. Special attention is given to advance care planning, which gives patients a powerful voice to make sure care toward the end of life reflects their values and goals.
This eBook articulates and explains:
- Common trajectories of dying
- The importance of advance care planning along each trajectory
- Tools such as advance directives, POLST and other forms
Download this eBook if you are a:
- Nurse Practitioner
- Physician’s Assistant
- Any member of a healthcare team in a Primary Care Practice
About the Author
Jennifer Moore Ballentine, MA, is Executive Director of the California State University Institute for Palliative Care, and a long-time national advocate and educator on palliative care issues. In the past 17 years, she has published numerous articles on palliative and end-of-life care in peer-reviewed journals and trade journals; delivered more than 600 workshops, Grand Rounds, webinars, and in-services; developed, planned and executed 14 local, state, and national conferences; and created five comprehensive multi-part educational programs. She is the former Executive Director of the Life Quality, and has a Master’s degree in End-of-Life Studies from Regis University.
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