Providing end of life care is an increasingly common responsibility of the primary care provider as the U.S. population ages. End of life care can be challenging and time consuming due to the medical, social, and, emotional complexities of supporting a patient during this period. In addition, with passage of the End of Life Option Act in California in 2016, patients are turning to their primary care clinician for counseling on how best to pursue this option and if it is an appropriate choice for them. This session will focus on addressing end of life care issues with your patients in the outpatient setting and help you develop the skills to support families with the dying process.

Learning Objectives:

  • Apply strategies to approach advance care planning in the primary care population
  • Describe how to respond to requests for aid in dying
  • Counsel patients and families on how to cope with the dying process