Serious Illness Management Toolkit: End-of-Life Care for the Hospitalized Patient: How to Show Up and What to Bring

This activity provides an approach to care for those hospitalized patients facing life-threatening and serious illness, with a focus on those patients nearing or at the end-of-life. PAs have an increasing role in the hospital—whether it be on the wards as hospitalists, in the ICUs providing critical care, or in specialties such as surgery, oncology, cardiology and neurology. More and more, PAs are at the bedside of patients who may be unexpectedly at the end-of-life, or those patients whose journey of disease modifying treatments is coming to an end. This activity covers how to have difficult conversations with patients and their families about their goals of care. It highlights how to develop an approach to symptom management, and how to ultimately care for those patients’ final moments either in the hospital or prepare them to return to their community at the end. This activity is a collaboration between AAPA and PAs in Hospice and Palliative Medicine (PAHPM).

Learning Objectives

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

  • Define and discuss the role of primary palliative care for PAs providing care of hospitalized patients
  • Learn how to approach Advance Care Planning and difficult conversations in the hospital
  • Discuss best practices for managing symptoms at the end-of-life
  • Identify resources and options for care of patients at or near the end-of-life

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