PCOA-PCP 7: Palliative and Hospice Care


Target Audience

  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses
  • Physicians


Practitioners will be able to define and differentiate between palliative care and hospice care.


The course defines and differentiates between palliative care and hospice care. It also describes the appropriate use of opioid medications for pain control in older adults. After completing this course, practitioners will be able to assess pain in patients with dementia, manage agitation in older adults at the end of life, and describe the rationale and steps for admitting older adults with dementia into hospice.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe palliative care for individuals living with serious illness.

  • Differentiate hospice care from palliative care.

  • Discuss the role of the primary care provider in palliative care.

  • Identify common symptoms that can be experienced at the end of life.