C124 - The Palliative Care Guide in Neurology: Best Practice in Communication, Advance Care Planning, and End-of-life Care of Patients with Brain Tumors and Other Life-limiting Neurological Disorders

Event Time: Tuesday April 24, 2018 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Topic(s): Neuro-oncology, Pain and Palliative Care, Neurohospitalist
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, and 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, Professionalism, Systems-Based Practice

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