Many physicians and clinical care teams have not received formal training in palliative medicine, yet are being asked to initiate palliative care discussions with patients diagnosed with a serious illness. The webinar will offer primary and specialty clinicians a set of key questions to open a palliative care discussion with patients and families at any phase of serious illness, from first diagnosis through to end of life care, and suggest when and how to refer to specialty palliative care where appropriate. Clinicians will also gain a fuller understanding of the differences between palliative care and hospice care.
This live webinar will provide a useful framework of the phases of serious illness and how palliative care can be an effective layer of support at each phase and as a patient's illness advances. Participants will be taught a common palliative medicine language and receive a set of discussion tools. The webinar will introduce the new Palliative Care Directory for Massachusetts.
- Define palliative care and discuss the differences between palliative care and hospice.
- List palliative care resources in the participant's local hospital/area of practice.
- Employ discussion points learned in this educational program when discussing palliative care options with patients and/or their caregivers.
- Explain the different phases of serious illness and how palliative care can be utilized at each phase of health.
Elizabeth J. Collins, MD
Palliative Care Medical Director, Lahey Hospital and Medical Center
Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Ellen M. DiPaola, Esq.
President & CEO
Honoring Choices Massachusetts
MMS member physicians: $50.00
Non-member physicians: $100.00
Advance Care Professionals/Healthcare Professionals/Other: $49.00
The Massachusetts Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
AMA Credit Designation Statement:
The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This activity meets the criteria for the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for risk management study.