Communication and Advance Care Planning
Effective communication skills are essential to quality healthcare, and especially crucial for providers caring for patients with chronic disease. This course delivers strategies for improving communication with patients and families, while reducing barriers to effective communication about diagnosis, prognosis and serious illness.
This curriculum also includes in-depth instruction in advance care planning, advance directives, and other tools that help ensure patients have the defining voice in their own healthcare decisions. You will learn how to build advance care planning into your primary care practice, how to incorporate evidence-based techniques for conducting difficult conversations, and how to utilize legally binding forms to aid in documentation.
This is the second 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:
- Apply various techniques to carry out discussions with patients and families about palliative care
- Utilize strategies and methods for Identifying and setting patient goals
- Overcome barriers to communication
- Identify opportunities to introduce advance care planning, and complete advance care planning forms
- Understand and apply appropriate communication models for sharing serious news
Topics covered in this course include:
- Barriers to effective communication
- Strategies for eliciting important information
- Open-ended and closed-end inquiry
- Motivational interviewing
- Informed decision-making and shared decision-making
- Exploring competency and capacity
- Identifying goals of care
- Advance directives
- Advance care planning
- Discussing and documenting advance care planning
- Discussing prognosis and changes in prognosis
- The SPIKES model for sharing serious news
“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:||5.75 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 5.75 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: 5.75 hours OR Click HERE for CME Credit Info*
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