Course Outline:

Conversations in End of Life and Palliative Care

Course Outline:

Conversations in End of Life and Palliative Care

Course Title

Conversations in End of Life and Palliative Care

Course Duration

Half Day Course

Introduction

Sharing the news of a cancer diagnosis with patients is not easy. New medical graduates are trained to do this and most doctors recognise its value – and professional performance has improved.

On the other hand, patients living with terminal illness present a number of challenges needing skilled communication. Research shows we still aren’t doing this consistently well for our patients.

Course Description

We consider the range of palliative care (it is not all just cancer) and the challenge that particular disease trajectories bring us for clear communication. Participants critically compare their own experiences with those of peers and we then focus on the critical conversations with patients and with their carers – discussing effective ways of structuring these conversations and moving onto focused practice in groups of three.

By the end of the session, we will have explored the specific challenges of communication in care at the end of life and rehearsed some strategies for more effectively meeting the needs of patients and carers.