Physicians and other providers in the long term care setting do not have the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that enable and ensure the alleviation of suffering of residents. This program will provide the knowledge about palliative care and about using palliative care programs, and it will provide information and resources to enable the physician to develop and/or renew and improve palliative care skills. It is intended that this information will result in the physician attitudinal and behavioral changes that will improve both quality of care and quality of life for nursing home residents.
This live webinar will explore the role of palliative care in long term care facilities. Topics include the content of palliative care, the physician's ethical mandate to provide compassionate care for the alleviation of suffering, and implementation of a palliative care program. Participants will investigate these topics through lecture, Q&A, and suggested readings.
Learning Objectives The overall goal of this activity is to enhance participants’ knowledge and competency in treating pain and non-pain symptoms in nursing home residents by providing the latest research and tools available.
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:
Describe the suffering of the frail elderly
Delineate the physician's mandate to provide compassionate care
Compare and contrast palliative care and hospice care
Develop mechanisms to ensure compassionate care for the frail elderly by implementing a palliative care
MD, HMDC, CMDR,
Chief Medical Officer,
Hospice of Washington County
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