What you'll learn

  • Describe key issues and principles of pain management with opioids, including equianalgesic dosing, common side effects, addiction, tolerance, and dependence
  • Develop practical strategies for discussing patient fears, hopes, goals, and wishes for care in the face of serious illness and at the end of life, including balancing hope and honesty in discussing treatment options and dealing with the ethical, psychosocial and spiritual issues that arise
  • Assess and manage physical, psychological, social, and spiritual/existential sources of suffering for patients and their families dealing with serious illnesses or towards the end of life
  • Improve the access to quality palliative care for all people with serious illness regardless of setting, diagnosis, prognosis or age

Course description

This is an accredited, livestreamed course offered by the Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care. This course is targeted to physicians, nurses, social workers and other clinicians caring for patients with serious illnesses in a variety of practice settings.

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Associated Schools

  • Harvard Medical School

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