Helping Patients With End of Life Health Care Choices and Implementing Advance Directives: The Top 10 Issues Providers Face in Helping Patients Plan for and Realize Their End of Life Health Care Goals

May 31, 2019

It may not be easy for patients to think about dying and what decisions they wish to make or have made for themselves at the end of life. There may have a lot of hard choices to make. As practitioners supporting conversations with patients about planning for end-of-life care you may find it can bring you peace of mind for your patients and their family to know that their wishes have been expressed and will be honored. Learning about advance directives can assist you in facilitating discussions with hospice patients and family member resulting in lower stress within the family unit. Practitioners will be better able to support end of life discussions which help patients identify wishes for their care when they are unable to make their wishes known. This presentation will provide an overview of the most commonly used advance directives in North Carolina. The scope, purpose, limits of and distinctions between each advance directive and how they related to medical orders. Additional discussion will include understanding how to resolve common issues and conflicts around who is the appropriate surrogate for incompetent patients and how to resolve family conflicts around surrogate decision making.

Target Audience

Social Workers, Chaplains, Bereavement Counselors

Learning Objectives

Differentiate the most commonly-used advance directives in N.C. and the scope, purpose, limits of and distinctions between each and understand the most common issues health care providers face when assisting patients in implementing their advance directives with common sense tactics for resolving them

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.75 Attendance
  • 0.20 IACET CEU
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Activity Starts: 
05/31/2019 - 1:00pm
Activity Ends: 
05/31/2019 - 3:00pm
Teer House
Durham, NC
United States

Available Credit

  • 1.75 Attendance
  • 0.20 IACET CEU
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