Advance Directives: Conversations Matter - CMA715

Advance Directives: Conversations Matter

by Maureen Habel, MA, RN and Dawn Demangone-Yoon, MD
(4.5 / 983 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Certified Medical Assistants (1.00 Hours)

Price: $10.00
CE-PRO Price: $5.00


Healthcare professionals have an important role in helping patients and families formulate advance directives. Despite intensive efforts, most Americans don’t have an AD and may face a life-threatening illness without a plan to guide their healthcare providers or relatives. End-of-life care experts stress the need for major changes in the approach to promoting ADs, including a focus on promoting ongoing dialogue between patients and healthcare providers. As patient advocates, clinicians are in a strong position to work with patients and other healthcare professionals to make these important changes occur. 


The goal of this continuing education program is to provide nurses, advanced practice nurses, physicians, health educators, physical therapists, radiologic technologists, dietitians, and respiratory therapists with information about ways to improve the advance directive process. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Identify barriers that patients, families and healthcare professionals face in implementing Advance Directives
  • Describe problems created by lack of an Advance Directive
  • Describe new ways that healthcare professionals can involve patients in advance care planning

Approval Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including nurses, certified medical assistants, dietitians, health educators, imaging and radiology technicians, physical therapists, physicians, and respiratory therapists.
Nurses and certified Medical Assistants: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
This program has been granted prior approval by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) for 1.0 administrative/general continuing education unit(s) (approval #130214 for 6/11/16 to 6/11/17, 131980 for 5/30/17 to 5/30/18, 133850 for 5/30/2018 to 5/29/2019, 136129 for 5/30/19 to 5/29/20). Granting approval in no way constitutes endorsement by the AAMA of the program content or the program provider.

Course Originally Released on: 6/2/2014
Date of Most Recent Review: 8/25/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 5/29/2020

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Teresa M - Elizabeth City, NC  ·  Nov 16, 2019
It has been a good learning experience.
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Klaire M - Newark, DE  ·  Nov 13, 2019
Great information. Made me start a conversation with my own family about EOL care.
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DEANNA A - DES MOINES, IA  ·  Nov 13, 2019
I felt this was great information that I will be able to take to my patients
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Laura H - Pardeeville, WI  ·  Nov 07, 2019
Very informational. I can helph educate my patients. Didn't like that some of the questions seem to try to confuse you
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TONYA D - Newark, OH  ·  Nov 05, 2019
Great course, lots of great information
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Price: $10.00
CE-PRO Price: $5.00