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Webinar for Healthcare Professionals:
End-of-Life Care Conversations

Exploring Hospice Care Continuing Education | VITAS Healthcare

Earn one continuing education hour with this free webinar.

When a patient’s disease is incurable, healthcare professionals are faced with the stressful task of communicating that the end of life is near. “Having the conversation” takes time, sensitivity and compassion.

When performed skillfully, these conversations can strengthen doctor-patient relationships and increase the likelihood that patients will choose appropriate treatment options, such as hospice.

This free webinar, End-of-Life Care Conversations, will help healthcare professionals enhance their communication skills and confidence in having this important conversation.

This free continuing education webinar helps you:

  • Address the barriers to having the conversation
  • Assess how much your patient understands about their disease and how ready they are to discuss end of life
  • Recognize and interpret a patient's reaction, whether appropriate or inappropriate
  • Share information with empathy

Thank you for attending, this webinar was presented on
Thursday, March 10, 2016

This course is approved for one continuing education credit hour for Registered Nurses and Social Workers as well as approval for Certified Case Managers. Attendance for the entire class as well as completion of a brief online survey is required; certifications are forwarded after completion.
Featured VITAS expert:
B David Blake MD | VITAS Healthcare | Atlanta GA  
B. David Blake, MD, DABFM
Associate Medical Director
VITAS Healthcare

As an associate medical director for VITAS, Dr. David Blake oversees the medical care and treatment of VITAS patients in their homes, nursing homes and assisted living communities in Atlanta, Georgia. He also consults with patients’ attending physicians, supervises VITAS team physicians, guides staff and volunteers, and serves as a resource to practicing physicians and other healthcare professionals on the benefits of hospice and palliative care for patients and families.

Dr. Blake joined VITAS in 2009 as a certifying physician for hospice admissions. He was named associate medical director for VITAS in 2011, where he also serves as physician on a home-care team while continuing to be certifying physician.

He has a private practice in Lithia Springs, is medical director at Family First Healthcare and serves as ring physician for the Georgia State Boxing Commission.