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Stanford University

Palliative Care Always Capstone Course

Stanford University via Coursera


The Palliative Care Always Capstone course is designed to let you test your knowledge about palliative and help others understand the value of palliative care, while showing your creative side. In this course, you will impact community awareness about palliative care, promote self-care and wellness, show-off your communication skills in a virtual environment, and finish the course off by proving your thoughts on ways to offer psychosocial support to a patient and family.


  • Course Introduction and Overview
    • This module will introduce you to the exercises and projects you will be creating over the next four weeks. You will also explore how your opinion of palliative care has changed over the course of this specialization.
  • Advocating for Palliative Care
    • This module focuses on creative ways to help your community, workplace, or family and friends learn what palliative care is, who can benefit, and how.
  • Promoting Self-Care and Wellness
    • In this module, we explore self-care and wellness. You’ve learned about compassion fatigue, burnout and caregiver burden in the previous courses, now it is time to create an action plan.
  • Communication Skills
    • Now we want to get back to basics with communication skills. Covid-19 has dramatically changed the way we interact with patients, family and friends. Many people have appointments now by phone or online. Families and friend often have to support each other remotely. This new way of interacting can make non-verbal communication and demonstrating empathy more difficult. In this module, you will explore virtual ways to “put a hand on another's shoulder to show support”.
  • Psychosocial Support for the Patient and Family
    • This module explores distress – emotional and psychosocial, and coping with that distress.
  • Final Thoughts
    • This module recaps the key learnings of the specialization Palliative Care Always.

Taught by

Kavitha Ramchandran

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