Introduction to Primary Palliative Care
This 4.5-hour course delivers a clear and efficient overview of palliative care, how it’s delivered across a variety of settings, and how to identify patients who need it. You’ll explore the evidence base for palliative care, identify common trajectories of serious illness, discover new tools for supporting patients with chronic or serious illness, and utilize case studies and interactive exercises to build and strengthen your prognostication skills.
This is the first 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!
As our population ages, more of your patients will be diagnosed with serious or chronic disease. This curriculum will help you improve care for those patients by providing simple and effective strategies that allow you to weave palliative care principles into your busy primary care practice.
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:
- Differentiate and describe usual care, palliative care, both specialty and primary, and hospice care
- Identify the types of patients who benefit from palliative care
- Discuss the role of palliative care at different stages of the illness continuum
- Explore models of prognostication, why it is important, and apply prognostication in case examples
Topics covered in this course include:
- Principles of palliative care
- Models and practices for team-based care
- The evidence base for palliative care
- Specialty palliative care vs. primary palliative care
- Timing of palliative care
- Benefits and barriers to prognostication
- Disease trajectories and methods of prognostication
- Disease-specific prognosis
- Non-disease specific prognosis
“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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