Conducting a Family MeetingLast Reviewed: January 15, 2015
What You’ll Learn
- Recognize the importance of a pre-meeting before the family meeting
- Assess family understanding of the patient’s condition
- Get permission to share news
- Acknowledge the perspective and emotions of each participant while maintaining a focused discussion
- Identify and articulate patient and family values that influence treatment decisions
What You’ll Earn
CAPC members can earn the following free continuing education credits:
Case Management: 1.00 CE
Licensed Professional Counselors: 1.00 CE
Medicine: 0.50 CME, 0.50 ABIM MOC
Nursing: 1.00 CNE
Social Work: 1.00 CE (NASW)
Social Work: 1.00 CE (NYSED)
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Tools & Resources
Communication Phrases in Palliative CareLast Updated: January 29, 2019
Phrases to use when talking to members/patients and their families about prognosis, advance planning, and quality of life.members login
Conducting a Family Meeting: Key TakeawaysLast Updated: January 29, 2019
Stepwise approach that any clinician can use to improve family meetings. Center to Advance Palliative Care and VitalTalk, 2015.members login
VitalTalk - Quick GuidesLast Updated: January 29, 2019
One-page guides with actionable tips for conversations with patients with serious illness. Free to download, print and share with others.view
Diane E. Meier, MD, FACP, FAAHPM
Director, Center to Advance Palliative Care
Robert Arnold, MD
Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine
Chief, Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics
Anthony Back, MD
Co-director, University of Washington Center for Excellence in Palliative Care
Constance Dahlin, MSN, ANP-BC, ACHPN, FPCN, FAAN. Consultant, Center to Advance Palliative Care.
Andrew E. Esch, MD, MBA. Consultant, Center to Advance Palliative Care.
Lynn Hallarman, MD. Associate Professor of Medicine, Director of Palliative Medicine, Stony Brook University Hospital.
Jaime Goldberg, MSW, LCSW, ACHP-SW. PhD student, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Social Work.
Philip Higgins, PhD, LICSW. President Lighthouse Counseling of Salem, Inc.
Lynn Hill Spragens, MBA. President and CEO Spragens & Associates, LLC.
Jay R. Horton, PhD, ACHPN, FNP-BC, MPH, CENP. Director of Nursing Safety, Quality, and Performance Improvement Mount Sinai Hospital. Assistant Professor Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Khadidjatou Kane, MD. Oncology Hospitalist, Assistant Professor of Hospital Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
Lolita Melhado, MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC. Family Nurse Practitioner/Palliative Care, Gulf Coast Medical Center - Lee Memorial Health System.
Bridget Montana, MSN, APRN, FPCN, MBA. Hope HealthCare Services, Chief Operating Officer.
Colleen Mulkerin, MSW, LCSW. Director Palliative Care Consult Service, Hartford Hospital.
Drew Rosielle, MD, FAAHPM. Palliative Care, Fairview Health Services, University of Minnesota Medical School.
David Weissman, MD. President, Palliative Care Education, LLC.
Sivan Ben-Moshe, MD. Fellow, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Sachin Kale, MD. Fellow, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Katie Wang, MD. Fellow, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Delivering Serious News
Communicating serious clinical news to patients and families.
How to discuss patient prognosis in a manner that is sensitive, clear, and supportive.
Clarifying Goals of Care
Strategies for eliciting patient goals and preferences to inform treatment decisions.