Palliative Care Learning Objectives and Outcomes
Program LEARNING OBJECTIVES and OUTCOMES
Upon completion of this program, the participant will be able to:
Demonstrate practice capacities of the NHPCO Standards of Practice for Hospice Program and/or the National Consensus Project’s Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care in settings across the care continuum.
- Identify appropriate models of healing relationships and communication among patient, family and providers.
- Discuss the unit of care as the family.
- Identify and prioritize data to inform the prognostication process and to promote understanding of the disease trajectory
- Use data to develop the goals of care, manage patient pain and other symptoms, and support family in understanding the future disease trajectory and disease exacerbations.
- Validate skills necessary to provide competent assessment and management of distressing symptoms associated with advanced disease.
- Explore in stories a deeper understanding of Biopsychosocial-Spiritual needs of patients and families, including grief, loss, and bereavement.
- Apply an interprofessional model to care more effectively for families and patients with chronic disease and life-limiting illness.
- Demonstrate the importance of professional boundaries to provider self-care practices.
Apply current evidence-based practice guidelines and trends in the support of patients with life-limiting illness, their families and professional caregivers.
- Practice eliciting and documenting patient/family values and goals through the advance care planning process including the identification of a proxy decision maker and completion of Providers Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST).
- Discuss the legal and ethical implications of the Affordable Care Act for palliative and hospice care.
- Describe relevant ethical factors—including human needs for communal support, self-determination, dignity, and respect for the consciences of all involved.
- Address family/caregiver burden with stress reduction interventions, support, advocacy, information and access to resources.