Palliative Care Utilization of Physician Assistants in Multiple Settings: A Synergy Session

Saturday, April 23, 2016: 11:15 AM-12:15 PM
National Harbor 5 (Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center) - 3rd Level
Nathan Boucher, DrPH, PA-C, MS, MPA, CPHQ, Duke Center for Aging, Durham, NC and Judith R. Knudson, PA-C, MPAS, BSN, University of Colorado, Aurora, CO
Physician Assistants (PAs) are underutilized in hospice and palliative care settings. There are real and perceived barriers to expanded practice in these areas. Overcoming barriers would result in increased access and linkages to needed services for those with serious illness. Practice example case studies and background on PA practice in hospice and palliative care will catalyze small group discussion within the audience to identify key barriers and facilitators to PA practice on interdisciplinary teams.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the skill set of the PA and why it fits well with hospice and palliative care
2. List two ways your organization can utilize PAs
3. Describe two barriers and two facilitators to PA practice

CE/CME: Nurse, Physician and Social Worker