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HIV, Dementia, and Neurological Conditions: Essential Practices in Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Advance your competence in caring for those with serious illness. This module focuses on HIV, dementia, and neurological conditions including assessing prognosis, communicating disease trajectories, management of therapeutic strategies as disease progresses, and understanding hospice eligibility and referral.

Upon completion the learner should be better able to:

• Assess prognosis
• Help patients set realistic goals
• Manage selected HIV-specific symptoms
• Identify the short- and long-term side effects of antiretroviral therapy
• Discuss the withdrawal of antiretroviral therapy

• List frequently used atypical antipsychotics, dosage recommendations, and possible adverse effects
• Identify contributing causes to agitation
• Recognize frequent complications with end-stage dementia and an approach to their treatment
• Review hospice eligibility guidelines for dementia
• Appreciate the impact of caregiving compared to other life-limiting illnesses

Neurological Conditions
• Recognize common neurological disease presentations
• Understand disease trajectories and prognostic factors
• Understand treatment options
• Be familiar with end stage issues
• Understand when hospice referral is appropriate

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The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) is the professional organization for physicians, nurses and other health care providers specializing in hospice and palliative care. Learn more.


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