Palliative Care: An Interdisciplinary Approach for Healthcare Professionals
Palliative care focuses on preventing and relieving suffering for patients with serious, chronic, and life-threatening illnesses, with the aim of achieving the best possible quality of life for patients and their families. Essential to establishing goals of care in keeping with the patient’s values and preferences are an effective interdisciplinary approach and skilled, consistent communication between the patient, family members, and the healthcare team, as well as providing psychosocial, spiritual, and practical support. This activity will identify the primary tenets of palliative care and the importance of incorporating an interdisciplinary approach to meet the needs of palliative care patients and their families.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to
- Identify the primary tenets of palliative care
- Explain the value of an interdisciplinary team approach to meet the needs of palliative care patients and their families
- Recognize the developmental aspects of an interdisciplinary healthcare team
- Distinguish the challenges of an interdisciplinary team approach
Jennifer Kapo, MD
Chief, Palliative Care Service
Yale-New Haven Hospital
Associate Professor of Medicine
Yale University School of Medicine
New Haven, Connecticut
About the Presenter
Jennifer M. Kapo, MD, is Associate Professor of Medicine in Medical Oncology and Chief of Palliative Medicine at Yale Cancer Center and Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She is board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Her focus is on developing a research mission in palliative medicine and expanding teaching opportunities for Yale-New Haven Hospital faculty, staff, fellows, residents, and medical students. In addition, Dr Kapo created an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)–certified fellowship in hospice and palliative care, which accepted its first class of fellows in 2014.
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Sarah Chart-Hart, RN
Arlene Rome, RN, BSN
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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.
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The Commission for Case Manager Certification has approved this program for a maximum of 1.00 clock hour(s) for Certified Case Managers (CCM).
Social Workers R. Cassidy Seminars, ACE provider #1082 is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the ASWB, through the ACE Program. Approval: April 15, 2015-April 15, 2018. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for the program. Social workers should contact their board to determine course approval. Social workers will receive 1.00 continuing education (clinical) clock hours in participating in this course.
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This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, nurses, case managers, social workers, chaplains, and other healthcare professionals who have an interest in palliative care.
- 1.00 AMA - Physicians
- 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
- 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
- 1.00 CCMC - General - Case Managers