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Hours to complete

Approx. 10 hours to complete

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Available languages

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Subtitles: English
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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

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Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 10 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Introduction to Common Psycho-Social-Spiritual Concerns

In this course, you’ll learn how serious and life-threatening illnesses can affect emotional and spiritual well-being and increase stress on the patient's support network. We’ll talk about resources and skills you can use to help support patients and families. You’ll also learn about advance care planning, which includes shared decision-making, setting goals of care, and writing down plans for care....
Reading
11 videos (Total 52 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
Video11 videos
What Are Common Psychological Concerns?2m
What Are Common Social Concerns?1m
What Are Common Spiritual Concerns?4m
Feeling Out of Control4m
Who Can I Count On When I'm Sick?7m
Sexuality6m
Body Image4m
Financial Stress3m
Income5m
Health Insurance8m
Reading5 readings
About Us: Palliative Care Specialization Team at CU Anschutz10m
Easing Psycho-Social-Spiritual Concerns Information10m
A View On Common Concerns10m
Easing Relational Stress10m
Sexuality and Body Imagem
Quiz1 practice exercise
Introduction to Common Concerns Assessment30m
Week
2
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

How Sad Is Too Sad?

In this module, you will learn how to determine if someone is experiencing normal grief about losses with serious illness. You will also learn when feeling sad becomes a more serious problem, like depression, demoralization, or the desire to die. You’ll also learn how caregivers also grieve....
Reading
9 videos (Total 41 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
Video9 videos
Losses with Serious Illness5m
Grief: Waves of Sadness8m
Caregivers Also Grieve3m
Easing Caregiver Burden3m
Life Has Lost Its Meaning4m
How To Tell If Someone is Depressed?5m
Depression or Demoralization?2m
Desire For Hastened Death7m
Reading5 readings
Grief: Waves of Sadness30m
Easing Caregiver Burden10m
Life Has Lost Its Meaning30m
Depression or Demoralization?30m
Desire For Hastened Death15m
Quiz1 practice exercise
How Sad is Too Sad Assessment30m
Week
3
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Anxiety and Coping

Providing support and care in the last days of life is important. We only have one chance to provide excellent care for this person. Patients and families often feel afraid and overwhelmed. You can help ease suffering when everyday stress becomes unmanageable anxiety. You can also help patients and families understand the dying process; express their preferences for care; manage common symptoms, and provides practical, emotional, spiritual and social support. You can help make serious illness and the last days of life positive and meaningful experiences. ...
Reading
10 videos (Total 48 min), 7 readings, 1 quiz
Video10 videos
Anxiety & Serious Illness: What's Normal?5m
Death Anxiety4m
How You Can Help Ease Anxiety5m
Ways People Cope with Serious Illness?3m
Spirituality and Coping with Serious Illness3m
Helping People Cope with Serious Illness8m
Provide Support and Care in the Last Days of Life5m
Comfort Care Plans5m
Care of the Body2m
Reading7 readings
Read this before the next lecture10m
What's Normal?10m
Death Anxiety10m
How You Can Help Ease Anxiety30m
Helping People Cope with Serious Illness10m
Provide Support and Care in the Last Days of Life30m
Comfort Care Plans30m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Anxiety and Coping Assessment30m
Week
4
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Easing Spiritual Distress

In this lesson, we’ll talk about the difference between spirituality and religion. Then you’ll learn skills for respectful spiritual conversations with patients and family members....
Reading
11 videos (Total 47 min), 5 readings, 2 quizzes
Video11 videos
Spiritual or Religious?3m
Respectful Spiritual Conversations6m
Core Values Defined2m
Tips for SNAP5m
Why is Meaning Making Important?4m
Ways to Understand Serious Illness: Moral and Biomedical5m
Ways to Understand Serious Illness: Social and Energy Body4m
Spiritual Distress or Spiritual Crisis?5m
What are Miracles?5m
Keeping Hope Alive3m
Reading5 readings
Watch this video before the lecture5m
Core Values and Tips for SNAP (Optional)2m
Ways to Understand Serious Illness20m
Spiritual Distress or Spiritual Crisis?10m
Keeping Hope Alive10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Ways To Understand Illness10m
Easing Spiritual Distress Assessment30m

Instructors

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Regina Fink

Associate Professor
General Internal Medicine
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Maurice Scott

MD
University of Colorado - Palliative Medicine
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Kelly Arora

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

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

Nurse Practitioner
University of Colorado Anschutz medical Campus

About University of Colorado System

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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

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