Last Reviewed: March 30, 2020
What You’ll Learn
- Assess the information your patient wants regarding prognosis
- Elicit permission from patients to discuss prognosis
- Deliver a clear assessment of prognosis to your patient, and acknowledge emotional impact
- Reinforce patient and family coping mechanisms
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 (Medical Knowledge Only)
- Nursing: 1.00 CNE
- Social Work: 1.00 CE (NYSED)
- Social Work: 1.00 CE (NASW)
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Tools & Resources
Communication Phrases in Palliative Care
Phrases to use when talking to members/patients and their families about prognosis, advance planning, and quality of life.members login
Discussing Prognosis: Key Takeaways
Stepwise approach for discussing prognosis with patients and families. Center to Advance Palliative Care and VitalTalk, 2015.members login
VitalTalk - Quick Guides
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.
Amy Case, MD, FAAHPM. Associate Professor of Oncology, Chair, Department of Supportive Care.*
Melissa Bakar, MD. Assistant Professor, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.*
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.
*indicates ABIM Peer Reviewer
Delivering Serious News
Communicating serious clinical news to patients and families.
Clarifying Goals of Care
Strategies for eliciting patient goals and preferences to inform treatment decisions.
Conducting a Family Meeting
Communication techniques for an effective family meeting.