About this Course
In the Capstone Course you have the opportunity to put what you have been learning about in the Palliative Care Specialization into practice. Our team has created five activities that directly relate to what you have been learning in the course. You will need to talk with someone you know, perhaps a friend or family member, about their experiences living with serious and life limiting illness. You may want to engage several people as you go through the 5 assignments as they each will have unique experiences. The Five Assignments: 1) Use the Nature of Suffering Evaluation Form to guide your conversation with someone living with serious illness and report and reflect on how this illness is impacting different aspects of their lives. 2) Using SNAP/Self-Awareness skills explore the values of someone close to you and your own values as relate to health, illness and dying. 3) Using the WILDA tool complete a pain assessment with someone living with serious illness. 4) Using the ESAS tool complete a physical symptom assessment with someone living with serious illness. 5) Have a conversation with someone you know about Advance Care Planning. In the assignment you will focus on who would be the person that they would want to speak for them if they could not speak for themselves, often known as the MDPOA. When you successfully complete all 5 of these assignments and the other course work you will earn the Coursera Specialization Certificate in Palliative Care. More importantly you will be prepared to help others live well with serious and life-limiting disease....
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Approx. 10 hours to complete

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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5 hours to complete

Nature of Suffering Capstone Project

In this module you will use the Nature of Suffering Evaluation Form to guide your conversation with someone living with serious illness and report and reflect on how this illness is impacting different aspects of their lives. You may want to review the videos about the Nature of Suffering Evaluation form and how it guide a conversation with Ollie Green. ...
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5 videos (Total 19 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
Nature of Suffering Evaluation Form2m
Ollie Green Dialogue 13m
Ollie Green Dialogue 25m
Ollie Green Dialogue 33m
Reading3 readings
About Us: Palliative Care Specialization Team at CU Anschutz10m
Introduction to the Palliative Care: It’s Not Just Hospice Anymore Capstone Course10m
Review the Nature of Suffering Evaluation Form30m
Week
2
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5 hours to complete

SNAP and Self-Awareness Capstone Project

It’s just natural to think that what we value and think is important about our health, our response to illness and our own death will be the same as other people around us. In fact, we all have unique perspectives that are informed by our life experiences and beliefs. Using SNAP/Self-Awareness skills explore the values of someone close to you and your own values as relate to health, illness and dying....
Reading
9 videos (Total 31 min), 1 quiz
Video9 videos
Tips for SNAP5m
Why Do I Need to be Self-Aware?m
Importance of Self-Awareness3m
Reflecting on Your Values and Beliefs3m
Reflecting on Health3m
Reflecting on Illness3m
Reflecting on Dying3m
I'm Not Judgmental!4m
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5 hours to complete

Easing Pain Capstone Project

Pain is complicated! Remember, there are three different types of pain and that the pain experience can help us understand how we can help people have better pain control, live better with pain and advocate with the healthcare system for help when pain is severe and contributing to suffering. Using the WILDA tool complete a pain assessment with someone living with serious illness....
Reading
4 videos (Total 29 min), 1 quiz
Video4 videos
Pain Assessment Basics6m
Other Things to Know About Pain6m
Many Dimensions of Pain8m
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4
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5 hours to complete

Easing Physical Symptoms Capstone Project

Physical symptoms like, weakness and fatigue, loss of appetite, constipation, shortness of breath and many more are extremely common for people living with serious and life-limiting illness. The first step is to do a Physical Symptom Assessment to understand which symptoms are present and which ones are the most distressing. Use the ESAS tool complete a physical symptom assessment with someone living with serious illness....
Reading
2 videos (Total 7 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video2 videos
Challenges in Symptom Screening and Assessment4m
Reading1 reading
Routine Symptom Assessment10m

Instructors

Amos Bailey

Director, Interprofessional Graduate Palliative Care Certificate/Master of Science in Palliative Care
Internal Medicine University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Regina Fink

Associate Professor
General Internal Medicine

Maurice Scott

MD
University of Colorado - Palliative Medicine

Kelly Arora

Co-Director, Interprofessional Graduate Certificate & Master of Science in Palliative Care (MSPC), Allied Health Professionals
University

Nancy Robertson

Nurse Practitioner
University of Colorado Anschutz medical Campus

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About the Palliative Care: It's Not Just Hospice Anymore Specialization

People living with serious, life-limiting, chronic illness experience significant suffering. Fortunately there are new and developing treatments which may cure some and improve survival for many people living with serious illness. However, seriously ill people and their loved ones still experience many distressing physical symptoms as well as spiritual, social and psychological distress. There is much we can do to support people to live well with serious and life-limiting illness by understanding the causes of suffering, using effective communications, and incorporating careful assessments and interventions designed to address specific needs. The Palliative Care: It’s not Just Hospice Specialization covers core concepts on the nature of suffering and demonstrates how to evaluate suffering and illustrates this in realistic patient scenarios. In subsequent weeks we learn and practice specific skills to improve communication with patients and families to help them express their experience, express and understand their core goals and values and our own empathic response. You will also learn about specific problems such as physical pain, fatigue and shortness of breath as well as psychological issues such as depression and anxiety. In addition, spiritual and social distress will be discussed with a focus on the practical evaluation and management of these challenges. All of these skills will enable you to support people to live active and full lives despite serious illness....
Palliative Care: It's Not Just Hospice Anymore

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.

  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. Your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

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