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Improving Communication Regarding End-of-Life Decisions

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June 6, 2017 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm | Pozycki Hall

This workshop is designed to provide health care professionals with a better understanding of the complex decision making process that is involved in the planning of end-of-life care. The instructors will explore and review end-of life care choices such as hospice, palliative care and advanced directives. The patients’ perspective will be presented, highlighting research on “The inner life at the end of life,” life reviews and attitudes toward death. Participants will engage in a simulated medical decision process and analyze different types of advanced directives. The goal will be to facilitate patient centered care and shared decision making through effective communication and planning.


  • Examine the complexities surrounding end-of-life care including different levels of care, types of proxy and advanced directives.
  • Discuss ethical issues faced by healthcare professionals in providing care during the dying process.
  • Review challenges faced by families and caregivers as they honor patient wishes in end of life decisions.
  • Evaluate strategies to maximize patient autonomy.
  • Facilitating communication about end-of-life decisions.

Fee: $98/$20 for current MU Nursing and Health Studies Students (a light lunch is included in the program fee)

This program will provide 5 contact hours for Nurses.

For more information, contact Barbara Paskewich, MSN,RN, MA, CHES, Director of Professional Development and Special Projects, at 732-571-3694 or

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