POLST: Doing It Right!
Health care professionals often lack skill and experience or are reluctant for other reasons to engage seriously ill patients in discussions about the health care treatment they want at the end of life. The purpose of the “POLST! Doing It Right!” course is to help attendees to overcome these barriers. The course presenters will define the differences between ACP and POLST, discuss when and for whom each is appropriate and guide attendees in understanding the importance of meaningful and effective goals of care conversations with patients nearing the end of life. Attendees will be provided with resources and instruction, will observe others engaged in this difficult conversation and will have the opportunity to practice and enhance their own conversational skill through role-play.
Health care professionals, including physicians, physician assistants, CRNPs, nurses, social workers, chaplains and others, who care for individuals approaching the end of life and wish to enhance their ability to engage in effective goals of care conversations with patients, families and surrogates.
- Be able to define the role of Advance Directives and POLST in Advance Care Planning
- Have sufficient knowledge of tools and resources to serve as a POLST resource within their institutions and communities
- Have a high level of understanding of the importance of the POLST conversation
- Demonstrate the ability to facilitate a POLST discussion and appropriately complete a POLST form
Judith S. Black, MD, MHA, Jewish Health Foundation Physician Advisor, National POLST Leadership Council, Clinical Associate Professor University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Nicole Greer, RN, MPH, MPA, Quality Improvement Specialist, Jewish Healthcare Foundation
Marian Kemp RN, BSBA, POLST Coordinator, Coalition for Quality at the End of Life (CQEL)
Libby Moore, LSW, DHCE, Vice President of Patient Care, River Communities Fiduciary Services
Rodney Rutkowski, MSW, LSW, ACM-SW, Director of Health Management, UPMC St. Margaret
No members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships with any proprietary entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients to disclose.
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Coalition for Quality at the End of Life (CQEL).
The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians
The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this live blended activity for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
These hours may be considered eligible for completing the 30 hours or continuing education required for biannual nursing re-licensure in Pennsylvania.
Other healthcare professionals are awarded .5 continuing education units (CEU's) which are equal to 5.5 contact hours.
- 5.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
- 5.50 Attendance