Team-Based Palliative Care Essentials for Parkinson’s Disease
Palliative care is an approach to the care of people living with serious illness and their families that focuses on reducing suffering through symptom management, psychosocial support, and planning for the future.
There is increasing evidence that palliative care can improve outcomes for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD). While some aspects of palliative care require formal training (specialist palliative care), many aspects can and should be provided by non-palliative care specialists (primary palliative care) such as neurologists and other professionals who provide care for people with PD.
The goals of this course are to introduce members of the interprofessional team, to the principles of palliative care, to demonstrate how these principles can be applied within the context of interprofessional care for people with PD, and to provide suggestions on how palliative care can be integrated into existing frameworks of care for people with PD.
Topics covered in this course include serious illness communication strategies, complex symptom management (pain), goals of care and advance planning, spiritual wellbeing and difficult emotions, dementia, care partner assessment and support, self-care for providers, and end-of-life care.
This comprehensive, 11-hour course is divided into 10 Chapters.
For a comprehensive list of Palliative Care Resources, click here.
This course was originally developed as part of a project to implement primary palliative care across US Parkinson’s Foundation Centers of Excellence (COE). References are made to the original project in the course content and by speakers throughout this course.
This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of:
- Physician Assistants
- Nurse Practitioners
- Social Workers
At the end of this activity, learners will be able to:
- Have the foundational knowledge and skills essential to Palliative Care (PC)
- Use PC approaches as appropriate for their specific interprofessional roles within the COE
- Know strategies to address barriers, identify opportunities, and work as part of an interprofessional team to implement PC
This training was funded through a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute® (PCORI®) Implementation Award (DI-2019C2-17499). The views, statements, and opinions presented in this presentation are solely the responsibility of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the views of the Patient- Centered Outcomes Research Institute® (PCORI®), its Board of Governors or Methodology Committee.
Parkinson’s Foundation adheres to the ACCME’s Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education. Any individuals in a position to control the content of a CE activity, including faculty, planners, reviewers, or others are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with ineligible entities (commercial interests). All relevant conflicts of interest have been mitigated prior to the commencement of the activity.
In support of improving patient care, Parkinson's Foundation is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 11.00 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.
Parkinson’s Foundation designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 11.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Parkinson's Foundation designates this enduring material for a maximum of 11.00 ANCC contact hours. Participants should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Parkinson’s Foundation has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 11.00 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. Approval valid through October 31, 2025. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent.
As a Jointly Accredited Organization, Parkinson’s Foundation is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Parkinson’s Foundation maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 11.00 ASWB credits continuing education credits.
- 11.00 AAPA Category I CME
- 11.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
- 11.00 ANCC
- 11.00 ASWB ACE
- 11.00 IPCE Credit™
- 11.00 Participation
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