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Palliative and Hospice Care

Author: Noah Carpenter, MD and William Cook, PhD

CE: 4 hours
Rated 4.7 out of 5.0 based on 13874 reviews

Course Summary

Human comfort, dignity and a sense of peace are the ideal outcomes of both palliative and hospice care, but it is important to recognize that the two types of end-of-life care are very different. Palliative care focuses on providing patients with serious illness an optimal quality of life, and it seeks to alleviate both the physical pain and the emotional stress caused by the illness. Hospice care, on the other hand, is focused on maximizing quality of life for those who are in the final stages of a serious illness. While all hospice care is palliative in nature, palliative care includes both hospice care and care for those who will recover from a serious illness. An in-depth study is provided for novice and experienced members of the interdisciplinary health team in the field of palliative and hospice care.

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Course Syllabus

I.       Introduction
II.       Definition of Palliative and Hospice Care
1.        Holistic or Whole Person Care
2.        A Medical Specialty
3.        Interdisciplinary Health Team
III.       Palliative Care
1.        Physical Care of the Patient
2.        Palliative Sedation
3.        Common Physical Conditions and Symptoms
4.        Anorexia
5.        Fatigue
IV.       Dimensions of Palliative Care Services
1.        Rehabilitation
2.        Surgical Procedures at End-Of-Life
3.        Emotional and Spiritual Care
 V.       Hospice Care
1.        A Brief History of Hospice
2.        Interdisciplinary Team Approach
3.        Utilization of Hospice Care
4.        Location of Hospice Care
5.        Death: A Stage of Life
6.        Basic Medical Care
7.        Respite and Caregiver Support
8.        End-of-Life Guidance
9.        Bereavement Counseling
10.      Medical and Interdisciplinary Team Support
VI.      Case Studies: Pediatric Palliative Care
1.        Case 1: 15 year-old Female
2.        Case 2: 18-month Child
VII.      Summary


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