Hospice Versus Palliative Care - An Overview

Estimated time to complete session: 75 mins.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this session, you should be able to:

1. Compare and contrast palliative care vs hospice care: goals of each and eligible services.
2. Discuss the use of concurrent care (hospice service with ongoing active disease treatment – e.g., COPD, CHF, cancers, debility, etc.).
3. Examine the optimal continuum from palliative care to hospice care for patients with life-limiting or terminal illnesses. 
4. Assess patients for palliative and hospice care eligibility and need, and determine appropriate timing of entry into such care.
5. Identify the three possible models of hospice and palliative care in which the family physician may be involved.
6. Explain the roles of the family physician in the care coordination of patients requiring hospice and/or palliative care: medical expert, communicator, collaborator, lifelong learner.

Additional Information

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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.25 AAFP prescribed
Course opens: 
03/25/2014
Course expires: 
09/26/2021

Morgan Unruh Elmore, DO, MA, Palliative Medicine Physician, VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System, Denver

Available Credit

  • 1.25 AAFP prescribed

Accreditation Period

Course opens: 
03/25/2014
Course expires: 
09/26/2021
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