Palliative Care: It's Not Just Hospice Anymore Specialization

Starts Oct 20

Palliative Care: It's Not Just Hospice Anymore Specialization

Palliative Care Easing Pain and Suffering. Learn strategies and techniques to assess suffering and support patients living with serious illness

About This 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.

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5 courses

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projects
Projects

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Projects Overview

Courses
Beginner Specialization.
No prior experience required.
  1. COURSE 1

    What is Palliative Care?

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    English

    About the Course

    Palliative care provides invaluable help for patients living with serious or life-limiting illness and their family caregivers. Palliative care should be part of healthcare services to improve quality of life, the ability to tolerate and bene
  2. COURSE 2

    Pain Management: Easing Pain in Palliative Care

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    English

    About the Course

    In this course, you will be able to develop a systems view for assessing and managing pain in the palliative care setting. By the end of the course, you will be able to: 1) Describe the pain problem in the palliative care setting; 2) Assess a person’s
  3. COURSE 3

    Easing Physical Symptoms: It's Not Just Hospice Anymore

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    English

    About the Course

    Palliative care provides important support for people living with serious or life-limiting illnesses and their family caregivers. In this course, you will learn to use symptom assessment tools to better understand which symptoms are present a
  4. COURSE 4

    Psychosocial and Spiritual Aspects of Palliative Care

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    English

    About the Course

    In this course, you’ll learn how serious and life-threatening illnesses often affect emotional and spiritual well-being. Illnesses can increase stress as patients and families learn to live with a “new normal” that may often focus on illness. You’
  5. COURSE 5

    Palliative Care Capstone Projects

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    English

    About the Course

    In the Capstone Course you have the opportunity to put what you have been learning about in the Palliative Care Specialization into practice. Our team has created five activities that directly relate to what you have been learning in the course.

Creators

  • University of Colorado System

    The University of Colorado - Anschutz Medical Campus or CU Anschutz is the campus containing the University of Colorado's health sciences-related schools and colleges. The Anschutz Medical Campus is home to two of the top hospitals in the nation: University of Colorado Hospital, named as the top hospital in Colorado by U.S. News & World Report, and Children’s Hospital Colorado, ranked for more than a decade as one of the best children’s hospitals nationally by U.S. News & World Report.

    The University of Colorado is a recognized leader in higher education on the national and global stage. We collaborate to meet the diverse needs of our students and communities. We promote innovation, encourage discovery and support the extension of knowledge in ways unique to the state of Colorado and beyond.

  • Amos Bailey

    Amos Bailey

    Director, Interprofessional Graduate Palliative Care Certificate/Master of Science in Palliative Care
  • Regina Fink

    Regina Fink

    Associate Professor
  • Kelly Arora

    Kelly Arora

    Co-Director, Interprofessional Graduate Certificate & Master of Science in Palliative Care (MSPC), Allied Health Professionals
  • Maurice Scott

    Maurice Scott

    MD
  • Nancy Robertson

    Nancy Robertson

    Nurse Practitioner

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