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Psychiatric, Psychological, and Spiritual Care: Essential Practices in Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Advance your competence in caring for those with serious illness. This module focuses on psychiatric, psychological, and spiritual care including complicated reactions to loss, managing anxiety and depression, assessing psychological and spiritual pain, differentiating complicated and uncomplicated grief reactions, and interventions to enhance a patient's sense of purpose and efficacy.

Upon completion of this online module, the learner should be better able to:
• Identify common reactions to loss
• Use predictors to assess the likelihood of complicated reactions to loss
• Use effective interventions to re-establish a patient's sense of purpose
• Use effective interventions to enhance a patient's sense of efficacy
• Use effective interventions to foster hope
• Assess and manage anxiety and depression with pharmacological and nonpharmacological interventions
• Differentiate complicated and uncomplicated grief reactions
• Assess for spiritual pain and provide effective basic interventions
• Involve other team members in alleviating psychological and spiritual pain

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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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