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.

Relieving Suffering in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Online course for assessing and addressing sources of suffering for people living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and their caregivers.

Relieving Suffering in Patients with Dementia, and Their Caregivers

Online course for identifying and addressing the sources of suffering for patients and families living with dementia.

Relieving Suffering in Patients with Heart Failure

Online course with interventions to reduce suffering along the disease trajectory for people living with congestive heart failure (CHF), and their families.

Delivering Serious News

Communicating serious clinical news to patients and families.

Conducting a Family Meeting

Communication techniques for an effective family meeting.

Advance Care Planning Conversations

How to initiate and conduct conversations about advance care planning.

Billing and Coding for Advance Care Planning (ACP) Services
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Requirements, best practices, documentation requirements, and time thresholds for Advance Care Planning (ACP) services. Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2018.

Discussing Prognosis

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.

Course 14: Pain Management: Putting it All Together

Safe opioid prescribing for patients with serious illness, using the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) Guidelines for the Chronic Use of Opioid Analgesics.

Reducing Risks for Older Adults

This course provides context and best practices for identifying older adults at risk for poor outcomes, including falls, delirium, and caregiving challenges.

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