Palliative Care: Helping Patients and Families Manage Chronic Illness
(4.72 Contact Hours)
Written by: Nelah DiAddezio, RN, BSN
To successfully complete this course and receive your certificate, you must read the content online or in the downloadable PDF, pass the post test with a 70% or better, and complete the evaluation form.
The price of this course is $34.00. You will only be asked to pay for the course if you decide to grade the post examination to earn a certificate with contact hours.
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After completing this Palliative Care course participants should be able to:
- Compare and contrast palliative care and hospice.
- Explain the origin of chronic disease.
- State the value of palliative care.
- Identify the members of a palliative care team.
- Explain the nurse's role on the palliative care team.
- Distinguish between a palliative care unit and an inpatient consultation service.
- Identify patients who are candidates for palliative care.
- Assess a patient from a palliative perspective considering the patient and family members quality of life.
- Discuss the value of input from the palliative care team, patient and family members when creating a plan of care.
- Provide examples of therapeutic communication techniques a palliative care team member may use to discuss the difficult topics surrounding the patient's chronic illness.
- Determine effective methods for reducing pain to a level desired by the patient.
- Evaluate if treatment is beneficial or should be discontinued for the palliative care patient.
- Compose appropriate documentation for a patient receiving palliative care.
- Determine if a patient is decisional.
- Recognize signs indicating that a patient is near death.
- Determine the normalcy of a family member's grieving experience.
Tiffany was a well-liked high school cheerleader with a promising future in track and field. All of this quickly changed when she experienced a serious automobile accident which left her paralyzed from waist down. Post-injury, she suffered from uncontrolled pain. Despite receiving recommended treatments from many different doctors, physical therapists and pain management specialists, her pain continued. She visited the hospital as often as three times a week due to uncontrolled pain (PeopleFirst Homecare and Hospice, n.d., para. 1 & 3).
Like Tiffany, there are many others who suffer from long term illness with uncontrolled symptoms. These individuals often feel hopeless and wonder if alleviation of their symptoms is even possible. Their quality of life is poor, and their situation impacts those closest to them. Their medical care needs extend beyond traditional disease-model treatments to include quality of life issues (Berger, Shuster & Von Roenn, 2007). Such individuals would benefit from a relatively new and growing medical field known as palliative care.