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END-OF-LIFE CONVERSATIONS: IMPROVING PROVIDERS’ COMPETENCE IN EOL CONVERSATIONS THROUGH AN EDUCATION MODULE

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dc.contributor.author Sumida, Paige
dc.date.accessioned 2022-05-28T02:24:25Z
dc.date.available 2022-05-28T02:24:25Z
dc.date.issued 2022-05-27
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10790/7075
dc.description.abstract Death and dying is complex, individual in nature, and often an intimidating topic for many. It is frequently a subject that is avoided or only discussed in private. However, it is essential for patients and providers to understand the resources available at the end of one’s life to help facilitate patient centered care and increased quality of life. Hospice is an end of life (EOL) service that provides comfort care and support for individuals and their family members. Comprehensive comfort care and psychosocial and emotional support for both the patient and their family members are provided with EOL care services. One major barrier to receiving EOL care services is inadequate communication between providers and patients. This is often due to a lack of provider education on difficult conversations, which leads to a lack of confidence and competence in one’s EOL discussion skills. The purpose of this Practice Inquiry Project (PIP) was to provide education for providers on strategies to engage in difficult conversations. The goal was to increase providers’ confidence and competence in initiating conversations about EOL care through an educational module. A logic model was used to guide the designing and planning of the project and the Knowles’ Theory of Andragogy theoretical framework helped guide the implementation and evaluation of this project. Participants completed an online education module. Pre- and post-surveys, pre- and post-Palliative Care Self Efficacy (PCSE) scale and pre- and post-Thanatophobia Instrument (TI) results were compared to determine if the education module was successful in increasing provider confidence and competence in EOL discussions. After providers completed the education module, there was an improvement in both PCSE and TI scores, which indicate an improvement in knowledge and confidence in EOL strategies, skills, and application in practice.
dc.format.extent 107
dc.language.iso en-US
dc.subject Death
dc.subject Hospice care
dc.subject Palliative treatment
dc.subject education module
dc.title END-OF-LIFE CONVERSATIONS: IMPROVING PROVIDERS’ COMPETENCE IN EOL CONVERSATIONS THROUGH AN EDUCATION MODULE
dc.type Doctoral Project
dc.type.dcmi Text
dc.contributor.instructor Van Hoose, Diane
dc.contributor.instructor Thompson Pagan, Joan
Appears in Collections: DNP Practice Inquiry Projects


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