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Hospice & Palliative Care


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Mona Patel, DO
Hospice Medical Director
MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care

Purpose: This webinar will review the best available evidence and provide recommendations for the appropriate use of enteral feeding tubes in patients with chronic illness, taking into account both medical and ethical considerations.

Why Do I Need to Know This? Enteral feeding tubes continue to be placed in patients with eating difficulties and weight loss, despite widespread consensus that this therapy offers questionable benefits and significant potential risks. This webinar will explore medical and ethical perspectives of enteral feeding tube placement in the palliative care population. A review of the current literature will be conducted including an examination of the indications for appropriate use of enteral feeding tubes as well as its drawbacks. Clinicians will also be provided with guidelines on how to discuss these treatment options with patients and families.


  1. Discuss the clinical indications and contraindications for enteral feeding tube placement, including associated risks, benefits, and burdens
  2. Evaluate the evidence-based literature regarding enteral feeding tube placement while dispelling myths and conceptions
  3. Recognize a framework for discussing these difficult treatment choices with patients and families using shared and informed decision-making

Target Audience: Social workers, and allied health professionals

Criteria for Successful Completion:

  1. Attendance at entire session
  2. Submission of completed evaluation form
  3. Successful completion of a posttest; 80% passing grade

Continuing Education Credits: 1.0

Continuing Education 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: $25 (includes CME/CE certificate)

Release Date: January 2, 2018

Expiration Date: January 31, 2022 (for NYS Social Workers)

Mona Patel, DO, has no disclosures. 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
Colleen Fleming-Damon, PhD, ANP-BC, ACHPN, FT
Myra Glajchen, DSW
Helena Knotkova, PhD
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  offers 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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