This learning pathway contains training and tools to help oncology professionals meet ASCO clinical practice guidelines for palliative care concurrent with oncology care. It includes continuing education courses in how to communicate with cancer patients about their goals of care and support difficult decision-making, symptom management, family caregiver support, and when to refer to specialty palliative care.
Checklist of triggers for referral to a specialty palliative care team.
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.
Assessing and supporting caregivers of people with serious illness.
A palliative care physician helps a cancer patient cope with her coming death, while her oncologist struggles to give up treatment. Diane E. Meier, MD, FACP. Health Affairs Blog, 2014.
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