Palliative Care Learning Objectives and Outcomes

Palliative Care Learning Objectives and Outcomes



Upon completion of this program, the participant will be able to:
  1. 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.
  2. Validate skills necessary to provide competent assessment and management of distressing symptoms associated with advanced disease.
  3. Explore in stories a deeper understanding of Biopsychosocial-Spiritual needs of patients and families, including grief, loss, and bereavement.
  4. Apply an interprofessional model to care more effectively for families and patients with chronic disease and life-limiting illness.
  5. Demonstrate the importance of professional boundaries to provider self-care practices.
  6. 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.


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