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Ethics in palliative care: Patients and families who want everything

Dr. Robert Macauley

Description and CE information:
Palliative care is specialized health care for people living with a serious illness. This type of care is focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. Palliative care is provided by a specially-trained team of physicians, nurses, and other specialists who work together with a patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness, and it can be provided along with curative treatment. It is important to note that palliative care is based on need, not prognosis.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Develop an approach to discuss goals of care, which may include palliative measures, so patients and their families can plan ahead when facing a serious diagnosis;
  2. Describe an ethically appropriate response to an ethical scenario where patients and/or families have expressed interest in palliative care but then request potentially non-beneficial (and conflicting) treatment; and
  3. Incorporate advocacy on behalf of clients and their palliative care preferences in interaction with providers and caregivers.
Credit Information:
The Commission for Case Manager Certification (CCMC) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

This program has been pre-approved by The Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide continuing education credit to CCM® board certified case managers. The course is approved for 1 CE contact hour(s). Activity code and Approval number will be awarded on your certificate of completion.

All planners and speakers have disclosed that they have no relevant financial relationships or conflicts of interest with commercial interests related directly or indirectly to this educational activity.

Commercial Support or Non-Commercial Sponsorship:
There is no commercial support for this activity. The planners and faculty have no relevant relationships to disclose.

Expiration date: 3/19/2022