Pre-conference Session

  • Date:
  • Time: 1:00pm - 5:30pm
  • Track: Clinical Practice
  • Location: Portland Ballroom 252
  • CME/CE: 4 - AMA Credits, AAFP Prescribed Credits, CMD Clinical Credits, Nursing Credits

Additional Fee Session

Faculty: VJ Periyakoil, MD & Charles F. von Gunten, MD, PhD

 A key aspect of caring for seriously ill older adults is excellent symptom management.  The goal of this session it to discuss common non-pain clinical challenges encountered by clinicians caring for seriously ill older adults. In the first half of the preconference, we will discuss management of common non-pain symptoms including dyspnea, nausea, constipation, pruritus. In the second half of the session we will focus on common challenges encountered in the last days of life, Ethical issues like palliative sensation and handling patients' requests for physicians assisted death will be discussed. Interactivity with the learners will be stressed using immersion-learning techniques. Through the use of small group learning, we will give all participants as opportunity to grapple with complex real life case studies and use the principles learned to solve the cases.  Learning Objectives: (1) list 3 commonly encountered non-pain symptom management scenarios and potential approaches to their alleviation; (2) describe 3 barriers to excellent symptom control in our patient population and potential solutions to these barriers; and (3) list three common management challenges encountered as patients enter the the last phase of life and identify strategies to mitigate them.