Physical Aspects of Care
Primary care clinicians are increasingly encountering patients with complex co-morbidities who still rely on the primary care practice as their medical home. This course highlights the wide range of physical symptoms encountered in serious illness; lays out treatment strategies, including effective pain management; and examines the follow-up required for symptom management within these practice settings. Emergency conditions in palliative care are also addressed.
This is the third 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:
- Describe the essential elements of physical symptom assessment in primary palliative care
- Employ the tools commonly used in palliative care to manage pain using opioids and nonpharmacological techniques
- Identify the most common physical symptoms encountered in serious illness, and describe the key assessments, treatments and follow-up required to optimally manage symptoms
- Identify when to include transdisciplinary team members or specialty palliative care consultation to optimize care for the patient
Topics covered in this course include:
- Assessing physical symptoms in context of serious illness
- Introduction to symptom management
- Nonpharmacological pain management strategies
- Opioids for pain management
- Finding the starting opioid dose
- Opioid misuse and addiction
- Nausea and vomiting
- Bowel obstruction
- Depression and anxiety
- Anorexia and cachexia
“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:||8 hours|
|Requires:||Computing skills sufficient to complete graduate work, access to a computer with an Internet connection|
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There are no refunds on our self-paced courses
The Doctors Company designates this activity for a maximum of 8 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: 8 hours OR Click HERE for CME Credit Info*
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