C117 - The Palliative Care Guide in Neurology: Best Practice Guidelines in Communication, Symptom Management, and End of Life Care of Patients with Brain Tumors and Other Life Limiting Neurological Disorders

Event Time: Tuesday April 25, 2017 7:00 am to 9:00 am
Topic(s): Neuro-oncology, Pain and Palliative Care
Director(s): Tobias Walbert MD, PhD
Description: This program is intended to teach neurologists the broad principles of palliative care, with a focus on how to apply those principles in the practice with brain tumor patients as well as other life limiting neurological disorders. Faculty will cover an introduction to the history and goals of palliative care, distinction of palliative care from hospice care, communicating with the patient and the patient's family (how to disclose bad news and how to provide honest, yet compassionate, information), understanding the concept of quality of life, fostering trust and avoiding perceptions by the patient of abandonment, and how to initiate advance care planning. The principles will focus on neuro-oncology patients as well as other patients with life limiting neurological disorders. Special attention will be given to practical decision-making, symptom management, and advance care planning.
Completion Message: Participants should be able to communicate a serious diagnosis to a patient in an honest yet compassionate manner, identify the key components of palliative care and hospice, discuss end-of-life issues with patients and assist them in developing advance directives, and manage the palliative care needs of a patient with brain tumors.
CME Credits: 2
Core Competencies: Interpersonal and Communication Skills, Medical Knowledge, Patient Care, Practice-Based Learning and Improvement

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