New Jersey patients near the end of life are treated with more aggressive medical care than patients in any other state in the U.S. This high-intensity, high-cost care is often unwanted and burdensome to both patients and their caregivers. Key reasons for this burdensome care are the lack of knowledge about palliative and end-of-life care services, and comfort discussing these care options with patients. Participants in this conference will immerse themselves in a half-day of presentations, breakout sessions and discussion groups with thought leaders and palliative care innovators from NJ and around the country to learn best practices they can take back to their teams to improve care for those who are seriously ill or nearing the end of life.
- Define palliative care and the impact it has on quality of life for patients and their families
- Describe the patients who can benefit from palliative care
- Review tools, resources and best practices for delivering quality care during a serious illness
- Identify racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in serious illness and the practice of cultural humility
- Apply an equity lens in discussing and sharing information about end-of-life options, palliative care, and helping patients manage serious illness
- Incorporate strategies for having effective conversations about options for end-of-life care
- Explain the provisions of the Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act (MAiD) in NJ
- Work with your care team to develop and document care plans that reflect shared decision-making and patient preferences
Who Should Attend?
This program is designed for physicians, NPs, PAs, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, nursing home administrators, chaplains, students and others interested in improving the quality of care provided for people with serious illness.
David R. Barile, MD
Founder and Chief Medical Officer, Goals of Care Coalition of New Jersey; Director of Palliative Medicine Services and Medical Director of the Acute Care for the Elderly Unit at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center
Jessica Israel, MD
Chief Medical Officer and Chief Innovation Officer at Complete Care