AMDCP Credit Designation: This session has been approved for a total of 3 Management credit hours toward certification as a Certified Medical Director in Long Term Care (CMD).
The American Medical Directors Association designates this educational activity fora maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Presenter(s): Willliam D. Smucker, MD,CMD; Peter Winn, MD, CMD; Amy M. Corcoran, MD; Deborah Way, MD, CMD Disclosure(s): Allpresenters report they had no relevant financial relationships to disclose. Session Description: This session presents an overview of practical approaches tocommunication, advance care planning, assessment and control of pain, and otherdistressing symptoms experienced by patients in long term care. Learning Objectives:
Define palliative care as it relates to each resident within the longterm care continuum
Identify organizationalbarriers to palliative care in the long term care setting
Describe comprehensive assessment and treatment of pain in thenursing facility
Examine a systematic approach to assessing and managing pain andnon-pain symptoms
Choose communication skills that best match patient and family needsfor acquiring and assessing information. Enhance communication withpatients, families, and caregivers regarding goals of care and advancedcare planning