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Stanford University

Palliative Care Always: India

Stanford University via Stanford OpenEdx


Palliative care can help ease suffering and improve wellbeing in people living with serious illnesses such as cancer.

Palliative Care Always: India is an online, case-based course for health care practitioners. We believe that incorporating the principles of palliative care—symptom management, goals of care and effective communication—into clinical practice can improve the quality of life for our patients and their support systems. We also believe palliative medicine can improve quality of life for clinicians. We’ve designed this course to demonstrate how palliative medicine integrates with patient care, and to help you develop primary palliative care skills. Our hope is that you feel increasingly equipped to support the diverse needs of your patients and your own needs as a healthcare provider.

Palliative Care Always: India features presentations from a variety of Stanford palliative medicine clinicians, interwoven with the video scenes from the journey of a fictional patient experiencing colon cancer, from diagnosis across the life span. Additionally, this course features a Focus on India section within each module with additional readings, videos and links to contents relevant for the Indian context. The objective of this section is to provide India-specific context to the learnings from Palliative Care Always. Within each module, an attempt has been made to include the cultural nuances, family dynamics and policies and systems influencing palliative care practices in India. Our hope is that you will feel increasingly equipped to support the diverse needs of patients with serious illness in your region.

If you are interested in learning about palliative care without an Indian cultural context, we suggest you enroll in Palliative Care Always.



Module 1: Introduction to Palliative Care

Module 2: Communicating with Families and Patients

Module 3: Psychosocial Support

Module 4: Goals of Care

Module 5: Pain Assessment and Management

Module 6: Nausea and Fatigue Management

Module 7: Survivorship

Module 8: Spiritual Care

Module 9: Emotions and Coping

Module 10: Child and Family Guidance

Module 11: Hospice Care

Module 12: Self-Care and Reflection


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