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Palliative Care

Originally broadcast March 4, 2010

John Gillespie, MD
Trustee and Consultant, The Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., Buffalo, NY

George J. Giokas, M.D.
Attending Physician, Ellis Hospital; Consulting Physician, Sunnyview Hospital; Regional Medical Director, The Community Hospice of Schenectady, Director of Palliative Care

Chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes continue to be the leading causes of death in the United States. Serious, life-threatening and debilitating chronic conditions affect the quality of life for many people and their families. Palliative care (PC) provides patient and family-centered care that optimizes quality of life by anticipating, preventing and treating suffering at any time from diagnosis through the end of life.  Studies suggest that the use of PC as an integral part of patient care has a beneficial impact on both a patient’s quality of life and attendant health care costs.

Program Objectives
After watching this broadcast participants will be able to:

  • Comprehend the history and evolution of the concept of PC
  • Value the use of PC as an integral part of all areas of medical practice, not just end-of-life care
  • Understand the importance of PC on patient/family quality of life issues as well as control and management of a chronic disease
  • Recognize the impact of PC on health care savings associated with the care of individuals with chronic disease
  • Identify strategies for assessing the need for PC services with clients.

Continuing Education Credits

School of Public Health, University at Albany is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses, Inc., an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

It has been assigned Provider Code PA# 157N.

Course code PA# 157N-215; 1.0 contact hour.

School of Public Health, University at Albany is accredited by the MSSNY to provide continuing medical education (CME) for physicians. The School designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s).™ Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity is sponsored by the School of Public Health, University at Albany, SUNY, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for the CHES to receive 1.0 Category 1 CECH in health education.

Continuing education credits are available until March 2013.

The planners and presenters do not have any financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity.

No commercial funding has been accepted for this activity.