Advance Care Planning: Advance Directives – Conversation Matters - CMA715C

Advance Care Planning: Advance Directives – Conversation Matters

by Dawn Demangone-Yoon, MD and Shawnna Cannaday, MSN, RN, AGACNP, FNP-BC and Theresa Pluth Yeo, RN, PhD, MSN, MPH, CRNP
(4.6 / 144 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 opening discussions with patients and their family members regarding advance care planning. Despite intensive efforts, most Americans do not have an Advance Directive 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 advance care planning, 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 course is to provide nurses, advanced practice nurses, physicians, health educators, physical therapists, radiologic technologists, registered dietitian nutritionists, and respiratory therapists with information regarding ways to improve conversations about advance care planning such as advance directives and living wills. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Identify barriers that patients, families and healthcare professionals face in implementing discussions regarding advance care planning such as advance directives and living wills.
  • Describe problems created by the lack of an advance directive.
  • Describe new ways that healthcare professionals can involve patients in advance care planning

Accreditation 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 thereapists.
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 or 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: 11/14/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 11/14/2022

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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SANDY P - Reading, PA  ·  Feb 15, 2020
Very informative, much needed information for everyday patient care for both physicians and healthcare workers
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Alondra C - phoenix , AZ  ·  Feb 12, 2020
It was a littler bit harder but I understood everything and I wouldn't change anything
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Tomeka E - Houston, TX  ·  Feb 11, 2020
Easy to understand and the information was informative. I found this course to be simple and straightforward
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Latarsha R - Wake Forest, NC  ·  Feb 10, 2020
Good source of informstion
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Matawah D - Durham, NC  ·  Feb 08, 2020
great would highly recommend.
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Price: $10.00
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