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Course # 97382 • Palliative Care and Pain Management at the End of Life


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  1. Describe how the definition of palliative care has evolved.
  2. Define the structure of palliative care delivery, including models of care and the inter-disciplinary healthcare team.
  3. List the benefits of palliative care at the end of life.
  4. Anticipate the barriers to optimum delivery of palliative care through hospice.
  5. Effectively engage the components of communication and decision making for end-of-life care.
  6. Identify the common concerns and symptoms at the end of life for patients with life-limiting diseases.
  7. Discuss the barriers to effective relief of pain at the end of life.
  8. Assess pain accurately through use of clinical tools and other strategies.
  9. Select appropriate pharmacologic and/or nonpharmacologic therapies to manage pain in patients during the end-of-life period.
  10. Assess and manage the most common symptoms (other than pain) experienced by patients during the end-of-life period.
  11. Evaluate the psychosocial needs of patients at the end of life and their families and provide appropriate treatment or referral.
  12. Recognize and address the spiritual needs of patients at the end of life and provide appropriate treatment or referral.
  13. Develop a strategy for providing care to patients and their families over the last days and hours of life.
  14. Support appropriate grief and mourning.
  15. Explain the specific challenges and ethical considerations in delivering optimum palliative care to older patients, children, and patients in critical care settings.
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