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3. Geriatric Palliative Care: Communications3. Geriatric Palliative Care: Communications

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Credits: 1
Estimated Length: 1 hour(s)


This course provides healthcare professionals knowledge and skills to facilitate effective dialogue and healthcare decision making with older adults and their families, including establishing goals of care, breaking bad news and addressing family conflict.

Participants must complete all of the lessons, including the Evaluation, in order to receive a CME certificate. A score of 80/100 is required to pass the posttest. Participants can repeat the posttest as many times as needed.

CME for Physicians

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and The George Washington University School of Nursing and School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Participants should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation. 

Continuing Education for Physician Assistants, Nurses, Physical Therapists, and Other Healthcare Professionals

Certificate of Participation for Non-Physician Healthcare Professionals is for participants whose disciplines are other than physician. You may request a Certificate of Participation for Non-physician Healthcare Professionals to submit to your accrediting bodies/licensing boards for continuing education credit. This certificate will indicate the enduring material was certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM. It is the responsibility of participants to submit the certificates to their accrediting bodies/licensing boards for approval. NHPCO cannot guarantee its acceptance. To receive this certificate, you must complete all CE/CME requirements and indicate your desire to receive this certificate.


After completing this course, the learner will be able to:

  1. Examine critical issues of communication in caring for older adults facing chronic or life-threatening illness, including diminished cognitive capacity
  2. Apply best practices for the ongoing process of goal setting, advance care planning and addressing family conflicts with older adults and their families or partners
  3. Apply SPIKES communication model for breaking bad news and Weismann’s ten step model for effective communication and goal setting within patient and family meetings


  1. Communications: Pre-Test
  2. Communications
  3. Communications: Post-Test
  4. Communications: Evaluation


  1. Geriatric Palliative Care: Communications
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