Clinical Training in Advance Care Planning and TPOPP/POLST

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The Center’s clinical ethicists and staff provide clinical training in Advance Care Planning,

TPPOP/POLST and Accelerated Advance Care Planning in Long-Term Care.

Clinical Training in Advance Care Planning

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Whether your nursing students or ethics committee needs Advance Care Planning (ACP) training, the Center for Practical Bioethics’ clinical ethicists and staff will utilize 40 years of national leadership in shared decision making, especially at the end of life, to deliver the right level of ACP training for your staff. This training includes our Caring Conversations® workbooks and materials.

Clinical Training in Accelerated Advance Care Planning in Long-Term Care

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During the pandemic, the Center pivoted to develop a series of training programs for long-term care providers specifically to address the need for accelerating care planning discussions for families and loved ones. These training programs continue to be available for professional associations, long-term care providers, and organizations seeking guidance on how to respond to crisis situations quickly and compassionately, where families may be separated and difficult care planning discussions must be managed remotely.

Clinical Training in Transportable Physician Orders for Patient Preferences (TPOPP/POLST)

TPOPP is the Kansas/Missouri version of POLST, a voluntary program seeking to align treatment plans with the goals and values of seriously ill patients living with life-limiting illness across care settings.

The Center provides tools, training, resources and forms for clinicians and medical providers at various stages in their development, ensuring coordination of providers across settings from residential care to first responders to hospital and rehabilitation care. More than 170 locations across the two-state region participate in the initiative.

The TPOPP/POLST initiative is designed to improve quality of care for those living with serious illness and/or frailty by translating patient goals and preferences into medical orders. This applies to patients with advanced or serious illness in Kansas and Missouri regardless of whether the patient is in a hospital setting, skilled nursing facility or living independently in their own community. TPOPP/POLST establishes communication between the patient or recognized decision maker (e.g., the healthcare Agent, proxy, or other designated decision-maker) and their healthcare team and translates patient preferences into a medical order.

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