End of Life Issues: A Guide for the HealthCare Professional


Most of us in the helping professions choose our career paths based on our desire to help people live healthy and functional lives. Our greatest rewards come from helping an individual regain mobility, learn adaptive techniques for dealing with limitations or improve strength and capability. Most of us did not consciously enter a career in which we would work frequently with people who are facing death. And yet, every one of us, no matter what our practice setting, will work with people with life-limiting illnesses and injuries, even if these occur most frequently among family members, co-workers or other people we are close to. 

End of Life care is an essential arena of competence for all health care providers. As recently as the last decade, in several surveys conducted by professional and service organizations, professionals such as physicians, nurses, social workers and other allied health care professionals reported that they had not received adequate training in End of Life care. Several initiatives have made significant progress in addressing this problem through the development of standards and principles of practice, including End of Life content in licensing requirements and creating curricula to improve caregivers' competence and, hopefully, quality of care. 

This course will introduce you to the Core Principles of End of Life Care, which have been endorsed by a substantial group of medical societies and have relevance to all allied health providers. You will be provided with pertinent information and self-development exercises to better prepare you to practice according to these established principles. 

Teaching Methods include: course content delivered through the Internet in text-based lecture format and carefully selected links to Internet resources. A final exam is required to obtain your CEUs, and you must meet a minimum passing score of 80%.

COURSE GOAL: To increase the knowledge and skills of allied health care providers to effectively address the needs of clients at the End of Life.

Following completion of this course, the Learner will be able to: 

  • Describe the components of a comprehensive assessment of clients facing the End of life 
  • Identify two models for counseling families facing the End of Life 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of advance directives
  • Identify essential Internet resources that assist healthcare professionals in providing End of Life care

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