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End-of-Life Care

Death can be frightening. This can be especially true for patients in the terminal stages of chronic disease. These patients often wish for a "good death." However, they often fear that they will die alone, in pain, abandoned by their caregivers.

Clinicians must provide excellent end-of-life care to all dying patients.

In this way, healthcare providers can:

  • Help patients have a "good death"
  • Calm the fears of dying patients
  • Support the patient's family

This course will teach you how to provide excellent end-of-life care.

You will learn about:

  • Palliative care, end-of-life care, and hospice care
  • Guidelines for providing end-of-life care according to a patient's wishes for a "good death"
  • Ethical and legal considerations at the end of life
  • Guidelines for helping loved ones when a patient is dying

Courseware Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Differentiate palliative care, end-of-life care, and hospice care as they relate to patients in an acute care setting.
  • Apply discussed methods of quality care to a patient at the end of life in an acute care setting.
  • Identify ethical and legal issues related to the end-of-life care in an acute care setting.