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Hospice & Palliative Care


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Lara Dhingra, PhD
Director of Health Disparities and Outcomes Research
MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care

Purpose: This webinar will discuss pain assessment in diverse patient populations with advanced illness. By 2050, 57% of the 420 million adults in the U.S. will include racial or ethnic minorities. Coping with chronic progressive illness in a diverse population is a major challenge for individuals and families, the healthcare system, and society. Management of problems that occur in the context of advanced illness, especially pain and other symptoms, may be complicated by cultural and language barriers, distress, isolation, and family burden. As the U.S. population becomes increasingly diverse, high-quality palliative care must be able to address these differences. This webinar will highlight challenges in multicultural pain assessment and prepare attendees for addressing them. It will illustrate key concepts in transcultural pain assessment, including fatalism, stoicism, and beliefs about pain. Handouts will include culturally relevant validated tools for symptom assessment. Clinical cases will be discussed using examples from a recent study on cancer pain in Chinese immigrants in New York City's Chinatown.


  1. Examine barriers to multicultural pain assessment and management in palliative care
  2. Review clinical strategies for culturally relevant pain assessment and management in palliative care
  3. Present case examples of multicultural pain assessment and management for Chinese immigrants with advanced illness

Target Audience: Primary care providers, nurse practitioners, palliative care specialists, pain specialists, registered nurses, advanced practice nurses, registered nurses with a specialty in palliative care/hospice, social workers, allied health professionals, fellows, residents, and medical students

Criteria for Successful Completion:

  1. Attendance at entire session
  2. Submission of completed evaluation form
  3. Successful completion of a posttest; 80% passing grade (mandatory to receive CE credit for social workers)

Continuing Education Credits: 1.0

Continuing Education Accreditation

Nurses: The MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Northeast Multistate Division Education Unit, an accredited approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Social Workers: MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0242.


Individual: Free (includes CE certificate)

Release Date: June 1, 2020

Expiration Date: April 17, 2024 (for nurses); January 31, 2025 (for NYS Social Workers)

Lara Dhingra, PhD, has no financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in these materials. Any discussion of investigational or unlabeled uses of a product will be identified.

Russell K. Portenoy, MD, has indicated a relationship with Tabula Rasa for research support.

No other Planning Committee Member has any disclosures.

Planning Committee Members
Lara Dhingra, PhD
Myra Glajchen, DSW
Helena Knotkova, PhD
Joyce Palmieri, MS, RN, CHPN
Russell K. Portenoy, MD
Karen Richards, PhD, EdS
Wini Schein, BA

Funding Disclosure: No commercial funding has been accepted for the activity.

Location: Online at

The MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care is pleased to offer our free interdisciplinary webinar series, live and on demand, delivered by frontline experts, typically offering 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for Continuing Medical Education (CME), Nursing continuing education (CE), Social Work CE credits, and Music Therapy CE edits.

Our free interactive multimedia modules on Community-Based Palliative Care Program Development  and Caring for Holocaust Survivors With Sensitivity at End of Life  offer up to 9.75 CE credits.

Free pdf downloads now available: 15 palliative care professional factsheets and patient education handouts on 18 topics in English, Spanish, Haitian Creole, Arabic, French, and Russian.

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