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Webinar for Healthcare Professionals: End-of-Life Conversations

Reducing Readmissions | Continuing Education | VITAS Healthcare

It’s never easy to tell a patient bad news. But there are ways of giving bad news that will make having these hard conversations better for your patient and for you. The goal of this webinar is to educate healthcare professionals on how to communicate bad news compassionately and effectively to positively influence reactions and resulting attitudes of patients and their family members.

Earn one continuing education hour with this free webinar.

Attendees of this webinar will learn to:

  • Identify three keys in communicating bad news and be able to effectively demonstrate them
  • Recognize “typical” responses to bad news and differentiate between helpful and non-helpful responses
  • Articulate and follow the guidelines of effective pain management
  • Handle special situations that may arise upon a patient receiving bad news
  • Explore ways to break bad news by phone

For more continuing education information regarding this webinar, click here.

Thank you for attending this webinar held on January 24, 2017

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.