Transforming Difficult Conversations
Friday, February 7, 2014
11:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Bellingham Technical College
Enhancing communication skills between patients, families and
providers to help build a community for those living with serious illness.
This conference is designed for physicians, nurses, social workers, physical therapists, other allied health professionals, caregivers, and interested community members.
- Demonstrate use of a checklist to facilitate advance care planning discussions
- Discuss efforts to improve care for patients with serious illness in Whatcom County
- Gain insight into challenges of physician-caregiver-patient- communication
- Improve your own skills in participating in difficult discussions
- Reflect on your own end of life wishes and values
Click here for a tentative program schedule
Event sponsored by: Palliative Care Initiative: Transforming Human Responses to Living and Dying
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Elements, Criteria, and Standards of Accreditation of the Washington State Medical Association CME Accreditation Committee through the partnership of PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center and Western Washington University.
PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center, a Washington State Medical Association accredited sponsor, designates this educational activity for a maximum of 4.5 hours in Category I to satisfy the re-licensure requirements of the Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission.
PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
What is Palliative Care?
Palliative care is specialized health care for patients, of any age, with serious illnesses. Palliative care assists with managing difficult symptoms and also creates the space for an open discussion on treatment choices and care planning. The goal in palliative care is to improve quality of life for patients and their families.
What is the Palliative Care Initiative?
The Palliative Care Initiative is a partnership with Western Washington University, Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement (WAHA), Community Organized Group for Health (COGH), Peace Health Palliative Care, and Peace Health Hospice to transform palliative care in Whatcom community and support the human responses to living and dying. The initiative has been designed to create a Palliative Community by providing a space where people with serious illnesses don’t have to be cured to heal.