2019 End of Life Symposium Videos
This symposium was designed to educate healthcare professionals, hospices, long-term care facilities and hospitals in End of Life Care for patients with complex and terminal diseases and prepare them for providing care to patients when the focus of their treatment changes from curative to palliative care. The goal of palliative care is to focus on comfort and quality of life when curative treatments are no longer an option.
Caring for patients at the end of life, whether during anticipated or sudden death is a challenging experience for everyone involved in providing care to the patient. Education and discussions around the issues faced at the end of life are critical to fostering a comfort level with clinical staff, caregivers, patients, families and institutions. With the advances in multiple options at the end of life, from Comfort Care, Palliative Sedation and the End of Life Option Act, many healthcare providers are unprepared for conversations with patients regarding their options at the of end of life.
Physicians, physician assistants, nurses, social workers, hospice clinicians, spiritual care representatives , hospital administrators, hospice administrators and staff, long-term care and skilled nursing facilities administrators and staff.
- Engage with patients regarding their values, priorities and options at the end of life.
- Discuss the full range of end of life options with patients.
- Address and manage symptoms at the end of life.
- Discuss advance care planning and the role of hospice.
- Discuss the End of Life Option Act and resources for patients/providers.
- Identify resources to help provide support for the caregiver.
- Discuss prognostication in serious illness.
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Acknowledgement of Commercial Support: This educational activity was made possible, in part, through unrestricted educational grants of support. All grant supporters were acknowledged via signage, e-syllabus, and/or handouts.