While the use of hospice has become more prevalent over time there is still a lack of understanding of the role of palliative care and hospice in chronic, long term and life limiting disease. This lack of understanding applies to both patients and providers. How do we educate patients, families and clinicians about hospice? Are there outcome measures to help us identify whether our efforts are successful? We will focus on staff and patient education efforts and the development of metrics and reports that have allowed us not only to measure progress but to target our efforts over time. We will also look at the ethical implications/requirements of providing (or not providing) patients with all appropriate options from the perspective of informed consent and patient choice.
- Define the difference between palliative and hospice care and the criteria for selection.
- Describe how to Identify and target educational needs for staff and patients.
- List the key metrics to use to measure effectiveness of educational efforts and changing attitudes.