What You’ll Learn

  1. Acknowledge the discrepancy between what is expected of family caregivers of people with serious illness and the resources provided to them in today’s health care system
  2. Recognize the multiple roles filled by family caregivers across the disease trajectory
  3. Identify common precipitants of burden experienced by family caregivers
  4. Recognize the critical role that all providers play in assessing and supporting caregivers from the first point of contact and across the illness trajectory

What You’ll Earn

Only CAPC members who are logged in can earn the following free Continuing Education Credits:

  • Case Management: 1.00 CE
  • Medicine: 0.75 CME
  • Nursing: 1.00 CNE
  • Social Work: 1.00 CE (NASW)

This course is only available to CAPC members. Learn More


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Tools & Resources

Zarit Burden Interview (ZBI-12)

Self-reported caregiver assessment.

The Loneliness of the Long-Term Care Giver

Seminal article on the experience of caregiving. New England Journal of Medicine, 1999.

References: Supporting the Family Caregiver - The Burden of Serious Illness

Course citations. Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2016.

The Invisible Millions: Supporting Family Caregivers

CAPC National Seminar Intensive Session, 2016.

Atlas of Caregiving Tool

Tool used to draw a family care map to visually depict all of the people involved with the caregiver.

Get Palliative Care

Information for patients and families about palliative care.

National Alliance for Caregivers Resources

The National Alliance for Caregiving offers a variety of materials to support family caregivers, ranging from booklets and tip sheets to webcasts and conference materials.

Key Takeaways for Care Managers - Supporting the Family Caregiver

A list of takeaways for care managers as they support the family caregiver.

Andrew E. Esch, MD, MBA. Consultant, Center to Advance Palliative Care.

Philip Higgins, PhD, LICSW. President, Lighthouse Counseling of Salem, Inc.

Elizabeth Mann, MD. Fellow, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Contact information: For technical questions about course activity, contact the Education department at 347-802-7310. For questions about continuing education credits, contact 201-957-0077.

Provided by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.