In the first 3 videos of the Video Series, the Best Practice Model is broken into its component parts and compared to more common practice with a biomedical focus:

  • Recognition
  • Developing a therapeutic relationship
  • Setting the context
  • Soliciting the patient/family story
  • Individualizing a palliative care plan

In the Final (4th) Videos for the Video Series all of the important skills of the Best Practice Model will be integrated and the student will be asked to critically evaluate both the integrated best practice model and the more common practice using a biomedical focus.

The palliative care track presents a simple Best Practice Model that allows you to observe a wide range of clinical experiences in palliative care that should give you a deep understanding of the outcomes for patients and families of optimal palliative care as well as the attitudes, knowledge, and skills that support such practice. Further, you will observe and experience the consequences for patients, families, and health professionals when appropriate palliative care approaches are not used. This experience should provide you with an enduring foundation on which to build your education during residency and clinical practice and to accelerate your mastery of the skills needed to provide optimal palliative care.

So far you have been focusing on understanding and recognizing individual components of the Best Practice Model.  In this final week, we want  you to work on integrating the components into a fluid whole.  To assist you in this process, we have provided:

  • Two videos that contain complete encounters.  We want you to study these videos and again critically observe and evaluate them.
  • To assist you in a more integrated evaluation we have provided you with a new rating form:  the Palliative Care Global Rating Form.  This form uses a five point Likert Scale that is grounded in specific descriptors for each of the five domains assessed.
  • Again looking at these videos with a critical, analytic eye is important.
    • What are the behaviors you see that allow for success?
    • What behaviors might have been added to improve what you see in the video?
    • How does what you observe affect the therapeutic relationship and communication patterns formed between Jane and Dr. Farber?
    • Does what occurred in their first encounter 9 months earlier have any effects on what you observe in this video?
    • What skills, attitudes and knowledge will you need to master in order to successfully care for your own patients and families dealing with life limiting illness?

Go To –> Introductory Videos

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