138606 - A Good Life: An end of life conversation worth having
- : Online
This module aims to change the medical approach to End of Life care through good communication, by fostering a cultural change that is focused on providing a patient with treatment options that considers their attitudes, values, and goals.
It is extremely important that ‘Good Life’ communication is about understanding what is important and valued by the patient. As doctors, it is easy to get caught up in the moment, and not always focus on what outcome would best meet our patient’s priorities and needs.
Having an open conversation about End of Life care will ultimately lead to patient centred clinical decisions and the best outcome for our patient. These clinical decisions will offer support and comfort to patients and their families.
For many doctors, talking to patients faced with an End of Life decision can be challenging. This self-paced online learning module will enable you to have a goal-oriented approach in End of Life conversations with your patients.
The primary role of the doctor (medical practitioner) in end of life care is to facilitate the provision of good quality patient-centred care that emphasises continuous, open, informed communication and collaboration between the patient, the health care team, and, where appropriate, the patient’s carers, family members and/or substitute decision-maker.1
The diagnosis of a malignant disease, for example cancer, can result in a relatively short period of decline that may begin and end in acute care. Patients experiencing life limiting illnesses such as dementia, disease progression is gradual and irreversible.
 AMA Position Statement on End of Life Care and Advance Care Planning 2014, 1 Preamble