ELNEC Graduate Student Module 2: Communication in Palliative Care

ELNEC Graduate Student Module 2: Communication in Palliative Care 

Welcome to the Communication module in the ELNEC-Graduate Student curriculum. Communication is the foundation of all you do in palliative care. It is critical in all healthcare situations, but is of special significance in palliative care and at the end of life. Your vital role is respected and members of the healthcare team depend on your assessments in order to work together with the patient and their family in developing goals of care. Communication with patients who have illnesses is always challenging and unpredictable, but you have a unique opportunity to contribute to the compassionate care of your patients. Remember that communication is not always verbal. It also includes listening, being present, and bearing witness. Communication is a wonderful skill to have and improves over time, especially if you pay attention to those who do it well. 


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Course Details

Course Code: PSCC-ELNEC-GRAD-2
Hours: 0
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 5/31/2025


Section 1: Introduction

About this Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: Communicating with Patients and Families

A. Setting the Stage: Cultural Considerations in Communication

B. Communication Strategies for Primary Palliative Care

1. Beginning Conversations

2. Non-verbal Communication

3. Empathy

4. Attentive Listening

5. Mindful Presence

6. Giving the Words

Section 3: Advanced Communication Skills for Primary Palliative Care

A. Advance Care Planning Conversations

B. Talking to Patients/Families about Serious Illness

C. Sharing Difficult News

D. Goals of Care Conversations

E. Facilitating a Family Meeting

Section 4: Conclusion

A. Course Contributor

B. Resources

C. References

D. Congratulations!


Instructor: The National ELNEC Project
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