Supporting Families and Caregivers


Stanford School of Medicine


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This course takes a deep dive into the challenges families and friends of a patient with serious illness face and how you can care for and support them as a provider, social worker or family friend.  Supporting Families and Caregivers especially focuses on the children of a patient with serious illness and their caregiver, and teaches you the best way to empower them to get the support they need. By the end of this course, you will be able to provide critical avenues of support for the people who are instrumental to your patients care, wellbeing and quality of life.

This course is available for CME credit.

The Stanford University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Stanford University School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 11.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Stanford University School of Medicine adheres to ACCME Criteria, Standards and Policies regarding industry support of continuing medical education.  There are no relevant financial relationships with ACCME-defined commercial interests for anyone who was in control of the content of this activity.

What you will learn

  • Describe several interventions to help with the emotions and coping of being a family member or caregiver of someone with serious illness.
  • Conduct a basic screen for appropriate adjustment in children.
  • Define caregiver burden and how to screen for it.


We suggest you take the core courses in Palliative Care Always before this course but you are not required. This course can be taken alone.

This course is part of the Palliative Care Always specialization and requires a Coursera subscription. The cost is $49 per month for as long as you are enrolled in the specialization.

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Delivery Option:
Online Course $49.00

This course may not currently be available to learners in some states and territories.