This module creates the foundation for the ELNEC curriculum. It is an overview of the need to improve palliative care and the role of the member of an interdisciplinary team in providing quality care. Basic definitions and principles of hospice and palliative care are presented within a quality of life (QOL) framework.
- There are major deficiencies in current interdisciplinary systems of care for patients and families at the end of life.
- Social and economic forces influence care provided at the end of life.
- Nursing and medicine have a history of caring for patients and families experiencing end-of-life/palliative care issues.
- Healthcare professionals should not work in isolation but rather as partners in collaboration with members of other disciplines.
- Caring for the dying means not only “doing for” but also “being with.” Palliative care combines caring, communication, knowledge, and skill.
At the completion of this module, the participant will be able to:
- Describe the role of the healthcare professional in providing quality palliative care for patients across the lifespan.
- Identify the need for collaboration with interdisciplinary team members while implementing palliative care.
- Recognize changes in population demographics, health care economics, and service delivery that necessitate improved professional preparation for palliative care.
- Describe the philosophy and principles of hospice and palliative care that can be integrated across settings to effect quality care at the end of life.
- Discuss aspects of assessing physiological, psychological, spiritual, and social domains of quality of life for patients and families facing a life-threatening illness or event.