March 26- April 15, 2021
Instructor: Jarrod Irwin, Consumer Health Coordinator, NNLM SEA
As modern medicine extends people’s lives, it also extends the last stage of their lives, leading to a number of care decisions people must make as they approach death. This course covers topics and information resources for navigating these end-of-life health issues, with the goal preparing information providers to equip people with tools and resources to plan for end-of-life care that is consistent with their wishes and values. Topics discussed include hospice, palliative care, the decision to stop further treatment, caregiving for loved ones who are near death, and relevant legal documents like advance directives. This course also discusses how information professionals and health care providers can sensitively meet information needs surrounding these topics while respecting the boundaries of medical and legal ethics.
This course is intended for providers of health information who work with the public, but anyone is welcome to take it. It is offered online via Moodle over 3 weeks, with about 1 hour of work per week.
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