Activity ID



September 18, 2023

Format Type


CME Credit



$50 - $65
CME Provider

American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine


This module provides a thoughtful review of the prevalence, common etiologies, disease trajectories, assessment and treatment of symptoms, pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic interventions and common side effects of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart failure, and renal disease. Communication strategies, caregiving issues, and hospice eligibility are also included.

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Educational Objectives

Describe the disease trajectory for patients with COPD
Describe the neurophysiology of dyspnea
Demonstrate the assessment and treatment of COPD and dyspnea, including pharmacologic approaches, oxygen, opioids, and nonpharmacologic approaches
Discuss the indications for noninvasive ventilation (NIV) for patients with end-stage COPD
Describe the impact of anxiety and depression on patients with COPD
Heart Failure
Discuss when to initiate palliative care for HF
Discuss the prognosis for a patient with HF, including the differences in prognosis and therapies for patients with preserved ejection fraction
Describe medical and invasive therapies for HDF and how they can translate to the palliative care setting
Discuss symptom burden in HF
Describe when it is appropriate to refer patients with HF to hospice
Renal Disease
List common causes of pain in patients with renal failure
Discuss safe opioid prescribing in renal failure including best practices for opioid selection and dosing
List common non-pain symptoms in renal failure and treatment options
Discuss prognostication for patients who discontinue dialysis
Describe the management of symptoms that commonly occur after dialysis discontinuation


Palliative Care, Hospice, Heart Failure, Renal Disease


Interpersonal & Communication Skills, Medical Knowledge, Patient Care & Procedural Skills, Professionalism, Systems-based Practice

CME Credit Type

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

Practice Setting

Academic Medicine, Inpatient, Outpatient, Rural, Urban, VA/Military

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