Palliative Care: Does My Patient Need It?

Program description

Palliative care focuses on maximizing quality of life in patients with serious illness, by relieving pain and other symptoms and the stress on patients and families, irrespective of age, prognosis and location. Over the past decade, there has been a significant improvement in the provision of this type of care nationwide, with 90% of hospitals with 300+ beds having palliative care teams. There is also now recognition of the importance of providing palliative care in the community and ambulatory settings, with a notable increase in such programs over the past couple of years. Access to and application of palliative care however, remains quite variable and inconsistent for patients who would benefit from this type of care. An identified gap in the current state of practice, is an under developed knowledge base and competence in provision of basic palliative care by the healthcare team, across the continuum. It is encouraging to note that 96% of teaching hospitals now have palliative care teams, which should hopefully increase the likelihood of the next generation of clinicians receiving appropriate training.

This online activity is the result of a recording of a live, inter-professional grand rounds event on Wednesday, August 22, 2018, at the HonorHealth Scottsdale Shea Medical Center.


  • Jeanette Boohene, MD, FACP, Medical Director of Palliative Care, HonorHealthScottsdale Osborn Medical Center

Target audience

This activity is intended for physicians, nurses and interprofessional staff and affiliates (clinical and non-clinical) of HonorHealth.

Activity purpose

All patients with a serious illness in any setting, should receive basic palliative care from their healthcare team and be referred for specialist palliative care when indicated. All members of the healthcare team should have a fundamental understanding of palliative care principles and be able to provide this type of care to their patients in all settings. To achieve this ideal state of practice requires consistent, good quality education in palliative care, to help improve outcomes for all patients with serious illness.

Learning objectives

  1. At the conclusion of this activity, the learner should be able to:
  2. Explain why Palliative Care is relevant to seriously ill patients
  3. Identify which patients may benefit from Palliative Care
  4. Recognize when to present Palliative care as an option to patients
  5. Identify in which settings Palliative care can be provided

Accreditation, disclosures and credit

AMA Acknowledgment: This CME event is not supported by any commercial entity or joint partnership.

Disclosure: Dr. Boohene and all members of the planning committee have no relevant financial relationships with a commercial interest to disclose.

Accreditation Statement: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Arizona Medical Association (ArMA). HonorHealth is accredited by the Arizona Medical Association (ArMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Statement: HonorHealth designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ANCC: Professional Nursing Education is an approved provider of continuing education by the Western Multi-State Division, an accredited approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This program has been approved for 1.0 CEUs.

Release Date: 11/30/2018
Review Date: 06/11/2020
Expiration Date: 08/22/2021

The live educational activity on August 22, 2018 was sponsored by the HonorHealth Network Palliative Care Committee.


This activity will take approximately one hour to complete. To receive credit, participants are required to complete the pretest, view the online activity and complete the post-test and evaluation. A certificate of completion is available upon request by contacting the HonorHealth CME Office (

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  1. Complete the pre-test
  2. View the recording
  3. Complete the post-test and evaluation form