Nearing End of Life: Effective and Compassionate Communication Strategies
End-of-life conversations with patients and family members are often difficult and highly emotional.
Often, healthcare professionals have the best of intentions to communicate “bad news” to dying patients and to respond to emotion and yet may not be equipped with the communication skills to do so effectively. Skilled communication between healthcare professionals, patients, and family members is essential for providing the best possible care at the end-of-life. Healthcare professionals need to be equipped with skills to help them effectively communicate, along with the ability to verbalize empathy. Critical skills include listening to what is being said and responding to emotion. The dying patient and family members will have many questions that may be interlaced with confusion, fear, sadness, and the unknown of the disease process. This activity will review the challenges healthcare professionals are confronted with while dealing with end-of-life conversations, and how to employ effective and compassionate communication strategies.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to
- Summarize the challenges healthcare professionals are confronted with when dealing with end-of-life communications with patients, family members, and caregivers
- Demonstrate strategies and communication frameworks that employ effective and compassionate end-of-life conversations between healthcare providers, patients, family members, and caregivers
- Describe how effective communication strategies may benefit patients and families as they experience illness, dying, and the grieving process
Elizabeth Lindenberger, MD
Program Director, Palliative Medicine Fellowship
Education Director, Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute
Assistant Professor, Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
New York, New York
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Elizabeth Lindenberger, MD has indicated that she has no relevant financial relationships.
Sarah Chart-Hart, RN
Arlene Rome, RN, BSN
Activity Planner Disclosures
All of the planners reported that they are employees of and own stock in UnitedHealth Group.
To ensure fair balance and avoid bias, the content for this activity has been reviewed by an independent medical expert with no relevant financial relationships.
Method of Participation
There are no fees for participating in or receiving credit for this activity.
For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board.
Participants will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the activity, which includes the following:
- Completing the entire activity
- Completing the Pre- and Post-Activity Assessments, Activity Evaluation, and Application for Certificate of Credit forms
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Credit Designation Statements
OptumHealth Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
The participant will be awarded up to 1.00 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.
The Commission for Case Manager Certification has approved this program for a maximum of 1.00 clock hour(s) for Certified Case Managers (CCM).
AAPC will honor 1-for-1 CEUs for any live event offering CME credit or AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. A certificate of attendance or completion is necessary to show participation. The certificate will give the total CMEs possible for the offering. Physicians are advised to claim only the actual hours that they were present during the education. We ask that AAPC-certified members abide by this request also. One hour of instruction is worth one CEU.
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Participants must have paid tuition fee, if applicable, signed in, attended the entire seminar, completed an evaluation, and signed out in order to receive a certificate. Failure to sign in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available.
This event is co-sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars.
A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been pre-approved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization to which you wish you apply credit.
This activity is sponsored by OptumHealth Education.
This activity is supported by Optum™ Palliative and Hospice Care, formerly Evercare™ Hospice & Palliative Care.
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This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, nurses, case managers, social workers, chaplains, and others who have an interest in topics relevant to end-of-life care.
This live webcast was held on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, from 1:00-2:00 PM ET (Noon to 1:00 PM CT; 10:00-11:00 AM PT).
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Missed the live webcast? It will be made available on-demand. Please check here on or around May 20th to take the on-demand webcast.
- 1.00 AMA - Physicians
- 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
- 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
- 1.00 CCMC - General - Case Managers