Palliative Care and Long-Term Care

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Palliative care can relieve suffering and support quality of life for nursing home residents and their families. This CAPC report provides an overview of nursing home models for palliative care, a framework for quality program design, and strategies for overcoming barriers to nursing home palliative care: Improving Palliative Care in Nursing Homes

Palliative care produces high quality clinical and efficiency outcomes for residents, their families, nursing home staff and for the health system. Nursing homes that integrate palliative care can build a track record of high quality care and low rates of readmission and emergency department use. These are the nursing homes that risk-bearing organizations will seek out for collaboration, partnerships, and contracts as they seek to deliver value across the continuum.

Multiple online palliative care training curricula are now available with associated continuing education credits for nurses, social workers and physicians. A list of mid-career training options for clinicians of all disciplines and levels of experience can be found in the table below:



Training Audience



For the Palliative Care Program

For the Non-Palliative Care Specialist

CAPC (Center to Advance Palliative Care)

All frontline clinicians who work with seriously ill patients

Clinical curriculum and operational online curriculum, webinars, virtual office hours, tools, annual National Seminar

CME/CEU credits for physicians, physician assistants, nurses, case managers, social workers (including NY) and LPCs

Palliative Care programmatic support, clinical training, toolkit for palliative care programs across settings

Clinical training in communication, pain and symptom management, care coordination and family caregiver support

EPEC (Education for Physicians in End-of-life Care)

Physicians and other health care professionals who are engaged in palliative care education and clinical practice

Conferences, grand rounds presentations, medical school curricula, seminars, self-study courses

CME for MD, CEU for RN, SW coming soon

Clinical training

Clinical training

ELNEC (End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium)

Undergraduate and graduate nursing faculty, CE providers, staff development educators, specialty nurses in pediatrics, oncology, critical care and geriatrics and other nurses with training in palliative care

Online courses, national and regional training sessions, conferences

Nursing CE

Clinical training for educators

Clinical training for nurses

CSU (California State University Institute for Palliative Care)

Nurses, social workers, chaplains and other healthcare professionals

Virtual faculty-led cohorts, certificate programs, chaplaincy training and self-paced courses online

All courses offer CE; some offer BRN, BBS and CME hours

Clinical and program development training

Clinical training

AAHPM (American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine)

Physicians and physicians-in-training

In-person and online education, resources, products and textbooks

CME/MOC for physicians

Clinical, hospice regulatory training


HPNA (Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association)

Hospice and palliative educational products and services for all levels of nursing

Conference and e-learning (70 online courses), online resources

Nursing CE

Clinical, operational, and leadership training


Vital Talk

Communication skills training for clinicians

Face-to-face training and train the trainer courses, online course with CME, mobile app

CME for online course

Communication training for clinicians

Communication training for clinicians

University of Colorado, Denver

Nursing, physicians, physician assistants and pharmacists

Online and some face-to-face courses.

Palliative care interprofessional graduate 36 credit hour master’s and 12 credit hour certificate programs

Clinical, some operational training

Clinical, some operational training

University of Washington – Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence: Graduate Certificate Program

Health professions students or practicing physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains and other health care professionals

Online plus a 3-day weekend face-to-face

15 credit graduate certificate program over 9 months

Clinical, some operational training

Clinical, some operational training

Palliative Care Education and Practice (PCEP), Harvard Medical School

“For palliative care specialists, champions and educators, as well as generalist and specialist physicians and nurses who wish to gain additional competencies in palliative care by enhancing their skills in communication, teaching and clinical practice.”

Two 1-week in-person training program; adult and pediatrics tracks

CME for physicians

Clinical and operational training

Clinical and operational training

Four Seasons Center of Excellence

Physicians, RNs, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, clinical nurse specialists and social workers

40-hour intensive in-person training

40 hours continuing education

Clinical and operational training including program design

Clinical training

Ariadne Labs: Serious Illness Care Program

Physicians, RNs, nurse practitioners, social workers, risk management

2.5-day face-to-face training course

Nursing, social work, medical and risk management CE credits

Multicomponent educational and implementation plan for improving occurrence, quality, and actionability of serious illness conversations

Multicomponent educational and implementation plan for improving occurrence, quality, and actionability of serious illness conversations




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