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Palliative Care for Home-Based Primary Care Providers

In home-based primary care (HBPC), it's essential to prioritize across settings of care what matters to the patient at all stages of life. Patients who receive care in their homes at the end-of-life report higher satisfaction with the medical services provided to them than those in other settings. HBPC providers caring for patients with serious, advanced illness must be competent and compassionate in applying palliative care principles when developing a treatment plan.

In this course, you will learn valuable strategies that will help you direct discussions about the patient’s values, preferences and goals of care; manage their pain, stress, and other physical and psychosocial symptoms; provide caregiver support; and facilitate advance care planning discussions. Upon completion, you will be able to do the following:
  1. Describe the principles of home-based palliative care.
  2. Facilitate prognostication conversations with patients and caregivers.
  3. Recognize the importance of advance care planning for patients with serious illness.
  4. Identify and manage patients’ pain, stress, and other physical and psychosocial symptoms.
Estimated Time to Complete

30 minutes
In order to earn credit for participation in this activity, the learner must complete a 5-question post-test with a passing score of 80% or better with unlimited attempts.

Intended Audience

This online course is intended primary care providers working with homebound patients, including physicians, nurse practitioners,  physician assistants, and other health professionals.

Credit Information

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 PeerPoint Medical Education Institute and the Home Centered Care Institute. PeerPoint Medical Education Institute is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

PeerPoint Medical Education Institute designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Approved: February 1, 2021
Expiration: January 29, 2024


None of the planners, authors, or reviewers for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

HCCI gratefully acknowledges support for this activity in the form of a grant from The John A. Hartford Foundation. 
Availability: On-Demand
Cost: $49.00
Credit Offered:
0.5 CME Credit
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