Serious Illness Management Toolkit: Let's Be Honest: Talking About Prognosis

As the population grows, and more people are living longer lives with chronic, progressive illnesses, PAs need to be able to talk with their patients about prognosis. Being open and honest with patients about their prognosis can not only build trust and rapport with the patient and family, but it can also allow the patient and family to plan for their future in a way that is sensitive to the time they have remaining. This activity aims to provide PAs with tools and resources to help give patients honest and realistic expectations regarding their prognosis; patients and families will be better informed and may have access to more support in their home settings (by meeting hospice eligibility criteria). This activity is a collaboration between AAPA and PAs in Hospice and Palliative Medicine (PAHPM).

Educational Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:  

  • Recognize the trajectories of end-of-life for different conditions
  • Identify tools and resources available to assist in giving patients a realistic prognosis
  • Assess which patients may be eligible for hospice services using the prognostic tools