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Course Overview

Caring for a patient approaching the end of life continues to challenge the most skilled, educated, and talented practitioners. Much of the related literature indicates that although most people, given the choice, would prefer to die at home, many will die in institutions. All clinicians should be knowledgeable regarding the proper assessment and management of patients receiving palliative or hospice care. Effective pain control and other symptom management is vital to preventing pain and suffering for patients at the end of life. Understanding that end-of-life care should be individualized for the patient and his or her family “unit” is also very important to ensuring effective and compassionate care. This module will provide an overview for clinicians who provide comfort and support to dying patients and their families, regardless of the setting in which care is provided.

About the Course Author

Kathryn Perlman, MS, RN, has worked extensively as a hospital and faculty-based educator. Most recently, she served as a clinical instructor for the University of Maryland School of Nursing, The Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, Md. She currently is an NCLEX RN review faculty member for Kaplan Inc. Kathryn M. Perlman, MSN, RN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Nicholas Bertoni, MD, FACEP, is an emergency medicine physician in Philadelphia, Pa. He completed his emergency medicine residency training at Drexel University College of Medicine in 2014. Presently he works at a community hospital in Philadelphia along with serving as an assistant clinical professor at Drexel University College of Medicine. His areas of interest include residency education and emergency department management. Nicholas Bertoni, MD has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Thomas E. Quinn, APRN-CNS, MSN, AOCN, has practiced as a clinical nurse specialist primarily in oncology and supportive/palliative care environments. He has practiced in community hospitals, major medical centers, NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, home care, industry, hospice, and academia. Roles have included direct patient care, clinical support and supervision of nurses, management, education, and program development. Thomas E Quinn, APRN-CNS, MSN, AOCN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.

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  • Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education


    In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

    Relias LLC designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Course Details
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    Online Course
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  • Learning Objectives:

    Describe the physical changes patients undergo during the dying process.; Discuss safe and effective pain management and symptom control for patients receiving end-of-life care.; Identify the differences between palliative care and hospice care, along with the clinician’s role in end-of-life care for patients.
  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Physicians; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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    To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
  • Accommodations:

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  • Disclosures:

    Expert Reviewers, Instructors, and Staff Writers disclosures will be listed above after the individuals' biographical paragraph. All other members involved within the planning of this educational activity have declared no conflict of interest exists when planning and developing this course.