Palliative Care Always

Stanford School of Medicine

  • Professional Program
  • Fee:
    Fee may apply

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Palliative Care Always is a specialization for health care practitioners, patients and caregivers. We’ve designed this specialization to demonstrate how palliative medicine integrates with patient care, and to help you develop primary palliative care skills. Over the next five courses, you will develop skills in symptom management, goals of care and effective communication to improve the quality of life for patients and families suffering with serious illness. Our hope is that you feel increasingly equipped to support the diverse needs of your patients and your own needs.

In the core courses, learners will develop patient-provider dialogs applying communications skills to discuss goals of care, symptom management, transitions in care and family and caregiver support. In the capstone course, learners will create public materials to expand the general public’s palliative care literacy along with care plans to support families and caregivers of patients with serious illness and practice mock virtual/remote care.

You Will Learn

  • The scope and role of palliative care as part of a patient and family's care plan
  • Components of a treatment plan for physical, psychosocial, and spiritual care, including screening, assessment and management of patient needs
  • Effective communication skills for responding to emotion, delivering difficult news, and discussing goals of care
  • Issues around transitions in care (e.g. survivorship or hospice transition)