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Approx. 9 hours to complete

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
3 hours to complete

Introduction to Common Symptoms and Anorexia

Welcome! In this module, you will learn about physical symptom assessment and then about the distressing symptoms of anorexia (loss of appetite) and cachexia (extreme weight loss). People living with serious illness often have more than five non-pain symptoms, like loss of appetite, dyspnea, weakness, confusion and many others that are contributing to suffering. You will learn how to use a symptoms assessment tool to help providers understand what symptoms are present and what is most distressing and needs prompt attention. In the second part of this week, you will learn about the common symptom of anorexia: Loss of appetite. When you understand anorexia you are able to look for reversible causes, support patient and family emotional distress, and offer practical help to manage this problem.

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11 videos (Total 48 min), 9 readings, 1 quiz
11 videos
Anorexia and Cachexia2m
Anorexia Uncovered3m
Anorexia and Cachexia: Chronic Illness and Dementia4m
Addressing Concerns About Anorexia4m
Screening for Anorexia and Weight Loss2m
What to do? Helping People Eat More4m
What Else Could Be The Problem?6m
A Pill That Makes You Eat and Gain Weight8m
9 readings
About Us: Palliative Care Specialization Team at CU Anschutz10m
Easing Physical Symptoms Information10m
Routine Symptom Assessment10m
Anorexia and Cachexia20m
Anorexia and Cachexia: Chronic Illness and Dementia15m
Screening for Anorexia and Weight Loss10m
What to do? Helping People Eat More10m
What Else Could Be The Problem?15m
A Pill That Makes You Eat and Gain Weight?15m
1 practice exercise
Introduction to Common Symptoms and Anorexia Assessment30m
Week
2
3 hours to complete

Dyspnea

In this module, you will review dyspnea assessment basics. You will start with defining dyspnea and the scope of the dyspnea problem in the palliative care setting. You will review various types and causes of dyspnea in people with serious illness. To understand how medications and integrative pain therapies work to decrease dyspnea, you need to know how the body recognizes dyspnea and makes a person short of breath. You will review how to evaluate a person’s dyspnea and how to help people pace themselves so that they can live with shortness of breath.

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5 videos (Total 32 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
5 videos
Living With Shortness of Breath4m
A Conversation Between Martha, Elizabeth, and Rhonda11m
4 readings
Dyspnea: You Take My Breath Away10m
Managing Dyspnea1h
Living With Shortness of Breath10m
Martha Sturdivant Case Story and Case Study: Background10m
1 practice exercise
Dyspnea Assessment30m
Week
3
4 hours to complete

Weakness and Fatigue

In this module you learn about the physical symptom of asthenia, also called fatigue. Fatigue and weakness are seen in almost all people living with serious illness. Although fatigue is common and very emotionally distressing, providers often don't talk about it with patients and families because they think that there is nothing they can do. Although fatigue is a difficult symptom to treat it is important to look for reversible causes, consider ways to reduce the distress of fatigue and provide practical help to cope and live well with serious illness.

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8 videos (Total 37 min), 7 readings, 1 quiz
8 videos
Polypharmacy3m
Low Energy4m
How Bad Is Your Fatigue?4m
What Can We Do?5m
Medications For Fatigue3m
7 readings
We All Need To Speak The Same Language About Fatigue10m
Why Am I So Fatigued?30m
Polypharmacy20m
Low Energy20m
How Bad Is Your Fatigue?30m
What Can We Do?20m
Medications for Fatigue20m
1 practice exercise
Weakness and Fatigue Assessment30m
Week
4
3 hours to complete

Cognitive Impairment

In this module the learner will be introduced to the term “cognitive impairment”, the common types of this impairment, how these types differ, as well as signs and symptoms experienced by patients suffering with this type of serious illness.

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7 videos (Total 25 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
7 videos
Delirium4m
Near Death Awareness2m
Caregiver Burden4m
Final Take Away About Confusion1m
4 readings
Types of Cognitive Impairment15m
Delirium35m
Near Death Awareness30m
Caregiver Burden20m
2 practice exercises
Types of Cognitive Impairment15m
Confusion Assessment30m
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Instructors

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Regina Fink

Associate Professor
General Internal Medicine
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Maurice Scott

MD
University of Colorado - Palliative Medicine
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Kelly Arora

Co-Director, Interprofessional Graduate Certificate & Master of Science in Palliative Care (MSPC), Allied Health Professionals
University
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Amos Bailey

Director, Interprofessional Graduate Palliative Care Certificate/Master of Science in Palliative Care
Internal Medicine University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
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Nancy Robertson

Nurse Practitioner
University of Colorado Anschutz medical Campus

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About the Palliative Care: It's Not Just Hospice Anymore Specialization

People living with serious, life-limiting, chronic illness experience significant suffering. Fortunately there are new and developing treatments which may cure some and improve survival for many people living with serious illness. However, seriously ill people and their loved ones still experience many distressing physical symptoms as well as spiritual, social and psychological distress. There is much we can do to support people to live well with serious and life-limiting illness by understanding the causes of suffering, using effective communications, and incorporating careful assessments and interventions designed to address specific needs. The Palliative Care: It’s not Just Hospice Specialization covers core concepts on the nature of suffering and demonstrates how to evaluate suffering and illustrates this in realistic patient scenarios. In subsequent weeks we learn and practice specific skills to improve communication with patients and families to help them express their experience, express and understand their core goals and values and our own empathic response. You will also learn about specific problems such as physical pain, fatigue and shortness of breath as well as psychological issues such as depression and anxiety. In addition, spiritual and social distress will be discussed with a focus on the practical evaluation and management of these challenges. All of these skills will enable you to support people to live active and full lives despite serious illness....
Palliative Care: It's Not Just Hospice Anymore

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