Lessons from a Therapist’s Chair: Optimizing Palliative Communication through Psychotherapy Best Practices and Skills
The use of communication as a therapeutic tool is an essential piece of both palliative medicine and psychotherapy. The approach with which communication is conceptualized and taught, however, is markedly different between the two fields.
Category
  • Communication/Teamwork
Format
  • Interactive Enduring Activity
Credits
  • ABIM MOC
  • CME (physician only)
  • Participation
'I Can't Eat, Speak, or Kiss My Wife. It's Half a Life, but at Least I'm Still Alive.' Navigating the Sequelae of Head and Neck Cancer
Depending on age, stage and HPV status, patients with locally advanced head and neck cancer have a high chance of cure, something that can be elusive in other advanced cancers.
Category
  • Non-Pain Symptom Management
Format
  • Interactive Enduring Activity
Credits
  • ABIM MOC
  • CME (physician only)
  • Participation
Speaking the Same Language: Bridging Cultural and Linguistic Barriers in Palliative Care
Hospice and palliative care providers recognize the value of effective communication to facilitate exploration of patients' and families' values and goals; however, many providers struggle to perform these key tasks when patients cannot communicate in English or have cultural norms which differ significantly from their own. Concepts such as autonomy and patient self-determination, 'truth telling'/disclosure of difficult news, shared decision making, as well as the acceptability of various treatments and communication techniques may present invisible barriers for palliative care providers working across cultures. 
Category
  • DEI: Addressing Disparities/Advancing Equity
  • Communication/Teamwork
Format
  • Interactive Enduring Activity
Credits
  • ABIM MOC
  • ABP MOC
  • CME (physician only)
  • Participation
Not Just for Addiction: The Palliative Clinician's Guide to Using Buprenorphine for Pain
Buprenorphine is widely used as a treatment for patients with opioid use disorders, but has also been shown to be an effective treatment for cancer and neuropathic pain, with unique pharmacologic properties that give it several advantages over traditional opioids. Buprenorphine is associated with
Category
  • Hot Topics
Format
  • Interactive Enduring Activity
Credits
  • ABIM MOC
  • CME (physician only)
  • Participation
Is Dopamine the Golden Ticket for Symptom Management in Palliative Care? Role Antipsychotics for Off-Label Uses
Antipsychotics are widely used off-label in clinical practice, especially within palliative care.
Category
  • Non-Pain Symptom Management
Format
  • Interactive Enduring Activity
Credits
  • ABIM MOC
  • CME (physician only)
  • Participation
Keeping It Down: A Case-Based Approach to Managing Pediatric Nausea and Vomiting
Nausea and vomiting are significant distressing symptoms among children receiving palliative or hospice care due to a variety of potential causes. In many situations children are unable to adequately express their specific discomfort.
Category
  • Pediatrics
Format
  • Interactive Enduring Activity
Credits
  • ABIM MOC
  • ABP MOC
  • CME (physician only)
  • Participation
Intensive Review Course Recording (2022)
Study from your desktop, laptop or while on the go to prepare for the hospice and palliative medicine (HPM) subspecialty certification exam (ABMS/AOA) or to increase your knowledge in HPM and best clinical practices.
Category
  • Research/Quality Improvement
  • Pediatrics
  • Medical/Clinical Knowledge
  • Hospice
  • Core Content
  • Communication/Teamwork
  • Board Prep
  • Resilience and Well-Being
Format
  • Video
Credits
Advanced Pain Management Course Recording (2022)
Practices for prescribing and titrating opioid infusions vary widely, including within the field of hospice and palliative care.
Category
  • Research/Quality Improvement
  • Pain Management
  • Medical/Clinical Knowledge
  • Core Content
  • Communication/Teamwork
  • Resilience and Well-Being
Format
  • Video
Credits
Improving Public Messaging about Advance Care Planning, Palliative Care, and Hospice using Evidence-Based Principles
Messaging to the public regarding advance care planning, palliative care and hospice is inconsistent and confusing. Hospice and palliative care specialists are often asked to talk to the public about care for people with serious illness, but most have received little or no training in public messaging or media engagement. This activity reviews the need for improving public messaging about advance care planning, palliative care, and hospice along with the empirical evidence for public attitudes and awareness of these aspects of care for serious illness.
Category
  • Academic/Education Strategies
  • Research/Quality Improvement
  • Hospice
  • Communication/Teamwork
Format
  • Subscription
  • Video
  • Self Study
Credits
Truth Be Told or Still not Sold? The Case for Benzodiazepines in the Palliative Management of Delirium
The current palliative management of delirium involves (1) identification of reversible causes of delirium, (2) non-pharmacologic measures, and (3) pharmacologic interventions for palliation. Clinicians reserve pharmacologic interventions for cases of hyperactive delirium or refractory delirium. Specific pharmacologic agents treating delirium have typically involved using drugs from the neuroleptic class. Often families request sedation for their loved one, complicating neuroleptic choice. Early randomized controlled trials found that benzodiazepines cause worsening delirium. Other research showed that benzodiazepines and central nervous system depressants cause significant complications in the elderly leading to further avoidance. The avoidance of benzodiazepines continued as guidelines warned of their use in delirium except in the case of alcohol withdrawal. Recent randomized controlled trials suggest that benzodiazepines are effective when sedation is required as part of the delirium treatment strategy. There is also evidence for their benefit as breakthrough agents for delirium. As benzodiazepines are potent sedatives, clinicians need to carefully weigh the risks and benefits before prescribing benzodiazepines in patients with delirium and discuss the goals of care with family caregivers and patients (if possible). Identifying when to use, how to use, and what patients will benefit from benzodiazepines becomes essential.
Category
  • Pain Management
  • Communication/Teamwork
Format
  • Video
  • Self Study
Credits

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