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Interprofessional Webinar Series:
Family Caregivers in Hospice and Palliative Care: Maximizing Support and Minimizing Burden

This webinar is presented in collaboration with the
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

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

Date and Time:  March 3, 2016, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM ET (Live)

Location:   Online at

Speaker Name and Title:
Myra Glajchen, DSW
Director of Medical Education
MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care
New York, NY

Purpose:  This webinar is intended to familiarize attendees with the state of the science regarding research and best practices in working with caregivers in palliative care and hospice.

Objectives:  Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the key research findings pertinent to family caregivers and family meetings in palliative care and hospice.
  2. Discuss best practices for family meetings in palliative care and hospice.
  3. Recognize the importance of integrating family caregivers into key events in palliative care and hospice, and describe the skills necessary to achieve this integration.

Why Do I Need to Know This?  Preferred practices in hospice and palliative care call for regular patient and family caregiver conferences with members of the interdisciplinary team to provide information and offer support. These meetings give caregivers a sense of control over the process, and may help reduce caregiver burden. Yet clinicians often have difficulty with various aspects of family conferences (e.g., initiating goals of care discussions). It is important for members of the team to understand the challenges inherent in these meetings, e.g., language and cultural differences, family dynamics, conflicts among family members and team members, and to be aware of the strategies used for integration of family caregivers into palliative care and hospice at key decision points.

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

Criteria for Successful Completion:

  1. Attendance at entire session (mandatory for nurses and social workers)
  2. Submission of completed evaluation form (mandatory to receive CE/CME credit for MDs, nurses, social workers)
  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:

Physicians:  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 the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and MJHS. NHPCO is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

NHPCO designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses:  NHPCO is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation.

NHPCO designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 contact hour. Nurses should claim only the contact hours commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Accredited status by ANCC refers only to continuing nursing education and does not imply endorsement of any commercial product discussed in conjunction with this activity.

Social Workers:  NHPCO is an approved provider of continuing education contact hours by the National Association of Social Workers (Provider #886414158).

This educational activity has been submitted for approval for 1.0 hours.

Individual:  $25 (includes CME/CE certificate)
Group:  $65 + $5 per CME/CE certificate

Registration fees for webinars are not refundable.

System Requirements for Computers and Mobile Devices:


Myra Glajchen, DSW, Faculty and Planner, 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, Planner, has indicated a relationship with Pfizer Inc. for research grant support.

No other Planning Committee Member has any disclosures.

Planning Committee Members
Barbara Bouton, MA, FT
Colleen Fleming-Damon, PhDc, APRN-BC, ACHPN-BC, C.T.
Steven R. Gardner, MPA, PAHM
Myra Glajchen, DSW
Jennifer Kennedy, RN, MA, BSN, CHC
Russell K. Portenoy, MD
Karen Richards, PhD, EdS
Judith A. Skretny