"The information that I gained from these modules has completely changed my thinking on how palliative care can be used and integrated into the care and management of my patients with symptomatic chronic disease and not reserved only for the end of their life."

Continuing Education » Module 1 Overview

Module 1: Palliative Perspectives

  • Kim Kuebler DNP, APRN, ANP-BC
  • Shari Froelich DNP, MSBA, APRN-BC, ACHPN


The overall picture of Americans who are living with and dying from chronic disease/s is undergoing dramatic changes. These changes include the unprecedented increase in the number of older adults in the population, the reliance on managed care to cope with the soaring costs of health care and the need for innovative models to address the quality of care for this patient population. The emergence of palliative care is in response to these changes and can be used to support the multiple issues that accompany debilitating and symptomatic chronic disease.

The shift in chronic disease management continues to prompt the debate among experts in the fields of palliative and hospice care. Many organizations and respected authorities have identified the differences between palliative and hospice care, while others dismiss these differences as a matter of semantics. This module will discuss how the nurse can and should consider the integration of palliative care interventions into traditional care systems for patients and their families.

Module One Objectives

Upon completion of this module, the reader will be able to:

  1. Describe the historical origins of hospice and palliative care;
  2. Review the current status of hospice and palliative care in the United State;
  3. Differentiate between curative and palliative care; and
  4. Define the interdisciplinary team approach in palliative care, including the role of each discipline.

Average Test Duration: 1.25 hrs

  1. Begin Palliative Perspectives Module
  2. Take Test