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Brown University

On Demand | Demystifying Palliative Care

Brown University via Independent


Program Release: July 15, 2022 Expiration Date: July 15, 2024 Estimated time to complete: 60 Minutes There are no prerequisites for participation. SPEAKERS Susan DeSanto-Madeya, PhD, RN, FAAN Miriam Weyker Endowed Chair for Palliative Care, Associate Professor University of Rhode Island College of Nursing, Kingston, RI Nurse Scientist Beth Israel Hospital Nurses Alumnae Association Endowed Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Boston, MA Jennifer Ritzau, MD Medical Director/Director of Palliative Care Hope Hospice and Palliative Care Rhode Island Assistant Professor of Medicine, Clinician Educator Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University Providence, Rhode Island Overview In this recorded webinar you will learn how to differentiate between palliative care and hospice care, as well as the importance of palliative care services for people living with serious illness. The discussion will cover the role of healthcare professionals as part of the interprofessional palliative care team in the care of patients living with serious illness and barriers they are facing in practice, such as stigma surrounding end-of-life care. Learn how to address these barriers and increase the proportion of individuals who receive appropriate palliative care treatment.


After completing this course, the learner should be better able to: 

  • Differentiate between palliative care and hospice care.
  • Describe the role of interprofessional palliative care team in the bio-psycho-social-spiritual care of persons living with serious illness and their family caregivers.
  • Discuss the benefits of early integration of palliative care for persons living with serious illness and their family caregivers. 


There are no fees for participating in and receiving credit for this activity.

  • Review the activity objectives, faculty information, and CME information prior to participating in the activity.
  • View the CME presentation
  • Pass the posttest with a passing score of 70% or greater
  • Complete the CME activity evaluation at the conclusion of the activity in order to receive a credit certificate.


In accordance with the disclosure policy of the Brown University CME Office as well as standards set forth by the Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), speakers have been asked to disclose any relevant financial relationship with the manufacturers of any commercial products and/or provider of commercial services discussed in any educational presentation and with any commercial supporters or exhibitors of this activity.

The intent of this policy is not to prevent a speaker with a potential conflict of interest from making a presentation but to be identified openly so that the listener may form his/her own opinion. Any potential conflicts of interest have been resolved prior to this presentation.

This activity may include discussion of off-label or investigative drugs uses. Speakers are aware that it is their responsibility to disclose to the audience this information. Individual Faculty Disclosure information may be found in the conference handouts.

Disclosure/Conflict of Interest

The following speakers and planning committee members* have disclosed that they have no relevant financial relationships:

Ashely Aragones*
Megan Daniel*
Susan DeSanto-Madeya, PhD, RN, FAAN
Linda Dziobek, RN*
Donna MacDonald, BSN, RN, OCN*
Jennifer Maloney*
Diane C. Martins, PhD, RN, FAAN*
Jennifer Ritzau, MD
C. Kelly Smith, MSW*
Maria Sullivan, BS*


Privacy Policy: The Office of Continuing Medical Education (CME) and its educational partners protect the privacy of personal and other information regarding participants and educational collaborators. The CME Office maintains its Internet site as an information resource and service for physicians, other health professionals, and the public. The CME Office will keep your personal information confidential when you participate in a CME Internet-based program. CME collects only the information necessary to provide you with the services that you request.

Disclaimer: This educational program is designed to present scientific information and opinion to Health professionals, to stimulate thought, and further investigation.


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