The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) has launched a new Introduction to Palliative Care course for health professionals. The new course is designed to provide clinicians from all specialties and disciplines with an introduction to palliative care, how it is delivered, its impact on quality of life, and the growing population of patients who need it.

“If clinicians understand what palliative care is, how their patients will benefit from it, and how they can collaborate with palliative care teams, more patients will receive palliative care,” says Andrew Esch, MD, MBA, Senior Education Advisor at CAPC. “After taking this course, clinicians will better understand that palliative care is based on need, not prognosis—with the goal being to reduce suffering and improve quality of life for patients and families.”

The new course, which is free and open to all health professionals (including clinicians in training), offers a Verification of Attendance certificate for all who complete it. Physicians, nurses, social workers, and care managers who are members of CAPC can earn continuing education credits for course completion.

“I am proud of this new course, which can benefit any health professional caring for patients living with a serious illness—at any point in their careers,” says CAPC CEO, Brynn Bowman, MPA. “If clinicians aren’t confident recognizing a patient with palliative care needs, that’s a problem we can solve through training. It's our responsibility, as leaders in the palliative care field, to equip clinicians with critical information and skills necessary to provide patients living with a serious illness the highest-quality care. Our robust clinical training curriculum does just that, especially the new Introduction to Palliative Care for Health Professionals course. We hope every health care professional takes advantage of it.”

For more information on CAPC's new Introduction to Palliative Care course or to arrange an interview with Dr. Esch or another CAPC expert, contact John Zoccola at [email protected] or 267-664-2759.

About the Center to Advance Palliative Care

The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) is a national organization dedicated to increasing the availability of quality, equitable health care for people living with a serious illness. As the nation’s leading resource in its field, CAPC provides health care professionals and organizations with the training, tools, and technical assistance necessary to effectively meet this need. CAPC is part of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. For more information, visit and follow @CAPCpalliative on Twitter.

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