Two-Day Palliative Care and Hospice Intensive Training

Description: The talk will discuss relevance of palliative care and the expanding number of Americans living with serious illness and multi-morbidity. Palliative care will be defined and described in detail and national guidelines describing quality palliative care will be introduced. The learner will be introduced to the concept of primary versus specialty care and the role of each clinician in the care of the patient with serious illness. Eligibility requirements for palliative care services will be described and we will review the differences between hospice and palliative care, including prognostic requirements for each service. The patient population who benefits most from palliative care will be discussed. We will discuss the benefits of an interdisciplinary team and referral criteria for palliative care services. Goals:

  1. Describe palliative care

  2. Identify the differentiators between palliative care and hospice

  3. List the benefits of palliative care in the management of patients with serious illness

  4. Describe how and when to refer to specialty palliative care services Resources: National Consensus Project. Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, 4th Ed. (2018). Accessed from National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. NHPCO Palliative Care Needs Survey Results. (2018). Accessed from: Quill, T. & Abernathy, A. (2013). Generalist plus specialist palliative care-creating a more sustainable model. NEJM, 368(13), 1173-1175.

Evaluation: Post-Course instructor evaluations will be completed at conclusion of the program. There will be no testing required of participants. There will be a post-course knowledge evaluation. Grievance Policy: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to: Anne-Marie Powers, 781-556-1838 or Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems Accommodations for the Differently Abled: Spaulding Rehab Hospital is handicap accessible. Individuals needing special accommodations, please contact: Anne-Marie Powers, 781-556-1838 or It is the participant's responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state. Continuing Education Credit is pending through Commonwealth Educational Seminars for the following professions: Nurses: As an American Psychological Association (APA) approved provider, CES programs are accepted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). These courses can be utilized by nurses to renew their certification and will be accepted by the ANCC. Every state Board of Nursing accepts ANCC approved programs except California and Iowa, however CES is also an approved Continuing Education provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider # CEP15567) which is also accepted by the Iowa Board of Nursing.

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