This learning pathway contains training and tools to improve quality of life for older adults living with serious illness, including having difficult discussions about goals of care and decision-making, symptom management, and strategies for supporting patients with specific diseases.
Interventions to reduce suffering along the disease trajectory for people living with congestive heart failure (CHF), and their families.
Assessing and addressing sources of suffering for people living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and their caregivers.
Identifying and addressing the sources of suffering for patients and families living with dementia.
Communicating serious clinical news to patients and families.
Communication techniques for an effective family meeting.
How to initiate and conduct conversations about advance care planning.
Requirements, best practices, documentation requirements, and time thresholds for Advance Care Planning (ACP) services. Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2018.
How to discuss patient prognosis in a manner that is sensitive, clear, and supportive.
Strategies for eliciting patient goals and preferences to inform treatment decisions.
Safe opioid prescribing for patients with serious illness, using the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) Guidelines for the Chronic Use of Opioid Analgesics.
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