Palliative care training, Palliative care competency, Multi-disciplinary palliative care
Despite the increase in focus and attention on palliative care services in Whatcom County, significant gaps in palliative care knowledge and skills exist among clinicians throughout the care continuum in Whatcom County. It is widely recognized that palliative care improves quality of life for patients with advanced illness and their families, reduces costs, and advances the Triple Aim.
The recommendations provided in this report support the collective recognition that all clinicians caring for patients with serious illness, irrespective of practice discipline, background, or setting, require competency and skill in palliative care. All clinicians (including but not limited to doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains, complementary care providers, and CNAs) in our region must have core knowledge, skills, and attitudes to provide palliative care in our community, including advance care planning conversation training, pain and symptom management, and strategies to participate in multi-disciplinary palliative care processes.
Shillam, Casey, "White Paper: Building a Continuum of End of Life Care in Whatcom County: Train All Clinicians in Palliative Care" (2014). Northwest Life Passages Coalition Documents. 3.
Whatcom County (Wash.)
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