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End of Life Care 1: End of Life Overview

End of Life Care 1: End of Life Overview

Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
Cecilia Borden, RN, Tracey Vause-Earland, OTR/L, Tarae Waddell-Terry, MS, Leigh Ann Hewston, MEd, Christine Arenson, MD
Geriatric Education Center (GEC)
John A. Hartford Foundation
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End of life care comprises of an interprofessional team providing individualized, humanistic approach to care for the patient who is dying; as well as reducing suffering and improving qualify of life.

The concept of this module is to give healthcare professionals and students the opportunity to explore end of life issues, decisions, laws advance directives and case studies.

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Upon completion of this module, the participant will be able to:

  • Discuss the tenets of end of life care.
  • Compare palliative care and hospice care.
  • Describe demographic trends.
  • Identify functional decline at the end of life.
  • Discuss models of care.
  • Explain public funding and economic impact on patient and families.
  • Describe decision making, capacity and advance care planning.
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Technical Requirements and Notes: This learning module uses Adobe Flash media and may require you to add a browser "plug-in" in order to display properly. Most computers already have this free plug-in installed. But, if yours does not, it is very easy to download and install. Try the module first because the software is "smart" enough to detect the Flash player. If the module doesn't begin, you will be automatically prompted to download the plug-in. The module contains links to external websites which will open in a new browser window. Your browser's back button will not return to the module, so these new windows should be closed.

In order to track your progress, you must create an account and fill out a brief demographic profile. Once the profile has been created, you can log directly into the course.

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Suggested Citation:
Christine Arenson, MD, RN, Mrs. Tracey Vause-Earland, MS, OTR/L, Ms. Leigh Ann Hewston, PT, MEd and Tarae Waddell-Terry, MS. End of Life Care 1: End of Life Overview. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2011 Available from:


Submitted by kam03018 (not verified) on

so hard to pull up the module