Education| Volume 19, ISSUE 3, PB11, March 2018

Developing and Testing Training to Improve Palliative Care Communication Skills in the Nursing Home

      In skilled nursing facilities (SNF), effective communication between interdisciplinary team (IDT) members, patients, residents, and their surrogates is essential to provide high-quality palliative and end of life (EOL) care. However, clinical staff in the SNF setting often lack specialized communication skills training best suited for palliative and EOL care needs. There is a paucity of educational curricula for teaching these skills at SNF's and little data defining their clinical implications. Our pilot test aims to establish and teach a communication-skills training model to standardize EOL and palliative care communication skills in SNF’s.
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