Care of the Patient at the End of Life
Excellent care of patients and families facing end of life requires that clinicians have special knowledge and skills. This course provides effective tools and resources to aid in prognostication, communication, and symptom management, and examines regulatory and ethical issues for this complex and high-need group of patients and families. Standards regarding hospice eligibility, coverage and admission are also included.
This is the seventh course in a nine-part series, Primary Palliative Care Skills for Physicians, NPs and PAs. Take each course individually or enroll in the full series for a significant discount! Learn more about the full series here!
This course is perfect for:
- Nurse practitioners (NPs)
- Physician assistants (PAs)
- Non-palliative care specialists
- Beginning hospice and palliative care team members
- Geriatricians, senior care providers, and others caring for patients with serious illness
This course will equip learners to:
- Understand how prognostication impacts the patient’s access to healthcare along the primary care, palliative care, and hospice continuum
- Describe the history, philosophy, and requirements for hospice and other end-of-life treatment preferences
- Assess and manage symptoms of advanced illness
- Delineate the signs and symptoms of impending death
- Apply the essentials of ethical principles common to end-of-life scenarios
Topics covered in this course include:
- The art of prognostication for hospice, including determining eligibility for patients suffering from specific types of serious illness; assessing frailty; and determining functional status
- The hospice approach to care including physician role; philosophy of care; when and how to refer; and details on Medicare hospice benefit
- Management of clinical issues at end of life
- Ethical issues at end of life, including medical aid in dying
“The Power of Words: The Importance of Defining and Documenting Goals in Patient-Centered Care”
Palliative care is patient-centered care, a fundamental step in helping patients articulate who they are and what they need.
|Begins:||Immediately upon registration|
|Location:||Completely online, available 24/7|
|Continuing education:||4.5 hours|
|Requires:||Computing skills sufficient to complete graduate work, access to a computer with an Internet connection|
|Detailed FAQ:||Click HERE.|
There are no refunds on our self-paced courses
The Doctors Company designates this activity for a maximum of 4.5 AMA PRA Category 2 Credit(s)™. 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 Institute for Palliative Care. The Doctors Company is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
DATE: Register Anytime
CONTINUING EDUCATION HOURS: 4.5 hours OR Click HERE for CME Credit Info*
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