The two-hour interactive presentation by End of Life Choices New York will provide information on hospice, palliative care, advance directives (such as health care proxies, DNR forms, living wills, and MOLST medical orders), pain management, voluntarily stopping eating and drinking, and New York state laws (such as the Family Health Care Decisions Act, the Palliative Care Information Act, and the Palliative Care Access Act). As a result of the workshop, clinicians will be more informed about patient rights and have an increased comfort level around initiating conversations, answering questions, and sharing resources about end of life care choices.
After attending the workshop, participants will be able to:
- Explain specific laws that protect patients’ rights to make their own choices about the type of care they want (including the Family Health Care Decisions Act, the Palliative Care Information Act, and the Palliative Care Access Act )
- State what palliative care is and when it can benefit patients.
- Explain why pain is undertreated, and what can be done about it.
- Define hospice care and describe how hospice can provide for a better quality of life and a more peaceful death.
- Identify ways patients can inform their doctors about their end of life care goals and treatment preferences.