This CME module will be beneficial either as a stand alone activity,
where attendees will learn about the research behind the need for
proper communications and its timing.
At the completion of this module,
attendees will be able to:
Describe the influence of end-of-life (EOL) discussion on the patients' prognostic understanding,
mental health, advance care planning and care near death.
Summarize that EOL discussion need to be tailored to a patient's psychological state and cultural background
for greater possible effect.
List the psychological factors, including therapeutic alliance with oncology staff, strongly influence
the patient's quality of life at the EOL.
This CME module is intended for:
ancillary care givers
end-of-life team members
Holly G. Prigerson, PhD
Director of the Center for Phycho-oncology
and Palliative Care Research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Professor of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School and
Brigham & Women’s Dept of Psychiatry
Conflict of Interest Statement
It is the policy of MTMI to ensure balance, objectivity and
scientific rigor in all sponsored CME activities. All faculty
and planners are required to disclose any related financial
interests. Disclosures are reviewed and all conflicts of
interest resolved. Disclosures will be shared at the course.
If we are not aware of what is broken, how can we commit to repairing
Providers indicate that communication skills and how we utilize those
skills are just as important as technical skills in achieving positive
patient outcome, leading to increase patient satisfaction and
Patient compliance also increases when patients are part of
their planning and decision making process related to their care. The
Coping with Cancer Study has shown that the EOL conversation is affected
by diversity of culture, ethnicity, spirituality and timing.
This module will review and update the finding from the medical research
behind the Coping with Cancer Study.
Attendees will be able to describe
the research findings pointing to the importance of utilizing providers’
interpersonal and communication skills (as put forth by the ABMS, ACGME
& ANA) when dealing with patients during medical crises and/or
end-of-life care issues.
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance
with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation
Council for Continuing Medical Education for physicians. The
Medical Technology Management Institute is accredited by the
Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to
provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Medical Technology Management Institute
designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA
Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit
commensurate with the extent of their participation in the
This continuing education activity was designed to meet the requirements
of the State of Wisconsin standards of license renewal for social