Pediatric Palliative Care and End-of-Life Treatment

Pediatric Palliative Care and End-of-Life Treatment

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Accredited Course

Cost: $75

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Non-accredited Course

Cost: $0

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Accreditation/Designation Statements

In support of improving patient care, Boston Children's Hospital is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for the healthcare team.

Physician

Boston Children’s Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity. AAPA accepts AMA category 1 credit for the PRA from organizations accredited by ACCME.

Risk Management

Pediatric Palliative Care and End-of-Life Treatment meets the requirements of 3.50 Risk Management Credit as prescribed by the Massachusetts Board of Registrations in Medicine and defined in 243 CMR 2.06(5)(d) I. 

MOC Part II

American Board of Pediatrics

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the activity, with individual assessments of the participant and feedback to the participant, enables the participant to earn 3.50 MOC points in the American Board of Pediatrics’ (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABP MOC credit.

American Board of Internal Medicine

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 3.50 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

American Board of Anesthesiology

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the activity, with individual assessment of the participant and feedback to the participant, enables the participant to earn 3.50 MOC points with the American Board of Anesthesiology Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program® (MOCA®). It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABP MOC credit.

Nurse

Boston Children’s Hospital designates this activity for 3.50 contact hours for nurses. Nurses should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Pharmacy

This activity (0629-0000-17-010-H04-P) carries a maximum of 3.50 contact hours. 

About

The Pediatric Palliative Care and End-of-Life Treatment course is designed to provide information to practitioners who treat pediatric patients in the primary care with a subspecialty setting about palliative care for pediatric patients. The course content covers palliative care delivered by designated healthcare teams, primary palliative care delivery, end-of-life symptom treatment and orders for life-sustaining therapies.

Instructional Time

3 hour, 32 minutes

Cost

  • Accredited Course: $75
  • Non-Accredited Course: $0

Target Audience

  • Physicians and Trainees
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists

Expiration Dates

  • Approved: May 4, 2018
  • Released: May 4, 2018
  • Expires: May 4, 2020

Course Format

Self-paced, using text and video, with post-test assessments. Requires 80% or higher score to earn CME credit. Online course assessment. Requires Safari (v6 or higher), Chrome (v38 or higher), Internet Explorer (v11 or higher), or Firefox (v23 or higher).

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Learning Objectives

  • Describe the differences between primary and subspecialty palliative care and how they complement one another
  • Describe the potential limitations of end-of-life decisions
  • Review how to identify patient wishes related to comfort, support, and remembrance at the end-of-life by family and friends
  • Identify routine health care interactions as an opportunity for long-term goals discussion
  • Clarify the family’s understanding of the patient’s illness, identify worries and fears and discuss trade-offs between clinical choices including conditions that would be desirable or unacceptable
  • Conduct a complete pain assessment appropriate for the age of the child
  • Describe the neurobiological mechanisms of normal pain perception
  • Describe the clinical implications of the neurobiological mechanisms of pain perception for treating and preventing pain
  • Design a pain treatment strategy for a child at the end-of-life
  • Describe the different palliative care outcomes
  • Identify concerns regarding current state of advance care planning (ACP) for children with life-threatening diseases
  • Describe the barriers to the use of MOLST

Contributors

Course Director(s)

David Casavant, MD
Associate in Perioperative Anesthesia, Pain Medicine and Critical Care Medicine
Boston Children's Hospital
Instructor of Anesthesia, Harvard Medical School

Author(s)

Richard Goldstein, MD
Program Director, Robert's Program on Sudden Unexpected Death in Pediatrics
Attending Physician, Pediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT)
Boston Children's Hospital
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Emma Jones, MD
Attending Physician, Pediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT)
Boston Children's Hospital
Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Amy Sanderson, MD
Assistant in Critical Care Medicine
Boston Children's Hospital
Instructor in Anesthesia, Harvard Medical School

Disclosures

In accordance with the disclosure policy of Boston Children's Hospital and the standards set forth by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, course planners, speakers and content reviewers list below any relevant relationships they or their spouse/partner have to companies producing, marketing, re-selling or distributing health care goods or services consumed by or used on patients.

Course Director(s)

No disclosures to report:

David Casavant, MD

Author(s)

No disclosures to report:

Richard Goldstein, MD; Emma Jones, MD; Amy Sanderson, MD

Course Reviewer(s)

No disclosures to report:

Traci Wolbrink, MD, MPH; Dennis Daniel, MD; Rachael Burgess, CPNP; Jenna Freitas, CPNP; Crystal Tom, PharmD

Commercial and Financial Support Disclosure

This program was made possible in part through the support of the Mayday Fund.