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Palliative Care, Hospice, and the Critical Care Unit

Course Description

Target Audience

This online education program is intended for in-patient and out-patient providers.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • Summarize significant research addressing palliative care in intensive care units.
  • Describe the important role of the CCU team in providing palliative care and discuss when some patients/families in the CCU might benefit from specialty palliative care (a palliative care consult).
  • Introduce and explain to a family the role of the Palliative Care Consult Team in the CCU and in the hospital and explain how Palliative Care differs from Hospice.

Planning Committee & Disclosures

The following planners and presenters (or their spouses/domestic partners) have/had no financial relationship with a commercial interest:

  • Ira Byock MD
  • Sarah Merrifield MD
  • Rex Bolin MD
  • Gregg VandeKieft MD
  • Jeff Christenson MD
  • Edna Zeller RN
  • Tammy Paarlberg RN
  • Robin Stahley RN

Commercial Support

No commercial support was used in the development of this CME activity. The video production was supported by a generous gift from the Providence St. Peter Hospital Foundation.

Accreditation Information

Accreditation with Commendation

Providence Southwest Washington is accredited by the Washington State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Providence Southwest Washington designate this enduring activity for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity meets the criteria for up to 0.5 hour of Category I CME Credit to satisfy the relicensure requirements of the Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission.

General Information


This is a self-learning program that requires watching a video and answering questions related to the content. The learner must complete all answers accurately in order to successfully complete the course. The participant will then be directed to a website to log in for CME credit.

Estimated Time to Complete: 30 minutes


Additional resources are available at the end of the video.

Important Dates

Release Date: Starting 01/01/2016
End Date: 01/01/2018

Contact information

Providence Southwest Washington CME: 360-493-5583 or joan.ashcraft@providence.org

Privacy & Confidentiality

The Providence Southwest Washington CME office will not release individual information including visitor email addresses, to any third party. The CME office may report only aggregate statistics, for instance, total number of page views, overall duration of visits or similar aggregate data. Please direct any questions about this privacy statement to Providence Southwest Washington CME.

Registration Fees

Providence Health & Services – Medical Staff or Employees
No charge                                                            
M.D. or D.O.
Allied Health Professionals
Residents or Fellows

Course Materials & Quiz

Course Materials

Course materials are provided via YouTube video. Please complete the video before beginning the online quiz.

Online Quiz

After you have read the materials, please complete the following quiz:

After completing the quiz, your results will be emailed to you in 8 to 10 business days. If you receive 100% on the quiz, you will receive a CME Certificate.

More Information

Please direct questions to:
Joan Ashcraft
CME Coordinator, Providence Southwest Washington
(360) 493-5583