Overview

This activity will define palliative care, both as its own medical subspecialty and as a component of all physician practice. Using a compelling case vignette, Dr. Buss will illustrate missed opportunities for integrating palliative care into patient care. Sentinel studies that examine the impact of palliative care on patient outcomes will be reviewed along with differences between palliative care and hospice care. Dr. Buss will discuss strategies to identify which patients need palliative care and offer strategies for initiating conversations about patient’s quality of life and future goals.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the impact of palliative care on patient outcomes. 
  • Distinguish between palliative care and hospice care.
  • Recognize and triage palliative care needs in patients and families.
  • Identify opportunities and strategies for initiating palliative care in your practice.

Faculty Disclosures

The following financial relationships have been disclosed by faculty.

Mary K. Buss, MD, MPH

No financial relationships to disclose.

Disclosures

Pamela Kushner, MD, FAAFP (Reviewer): Speaker’s Bureau for AstraZeneca; and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Consultant for AstraZeneca; Boehringer Ingelheim; Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; and Lilly. Advisory Board for Pfizer, Inc.

Patrick Alguire, MD, FACP (Reviewer): Stock Holder for Amgen Inc; Bristol-Myers Squibb; Express Scripts; GlaxoSmithKline PLC; Medtronic Inc; Stryker Corporation; Teva Pharmaceutical Industries.

All other non-faculty contributors to planning, development, editing and review of content have no financial relationships to disclose.

Commercial Supporters

Not Applicable

Education Partners

Not Applicable


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