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Advance Directives: Conversations Matter - PT715

Advance Directives: Conversations Matter

by Maureen Habel, MA, RN and Dawn Demangone-Yoon, MD
(4.4 / 617 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Healthcare professionals have an important role in helping patients and families formulate advance directives. Despite intensive efforts, most Americans don’t have an AD and may face a life-threatening illness without a plan to guide their healthcare providers or relatives. End-of-life care experts stress the need for major changes in the approach to promoting ADs, including a focus on promoting ongoing dialogue between patients and healthcare providers. As patient advocates, clinicians are in a strong position to work with patients and other healthcare professionals to make these important changes occur. 


The goal of this continuing education program is to provide nurses, advanced practice nurses, physicians, health educators, physical therapists, radiologic technologists, dietitians, and respiratory therapists with information about ways to improve the advance directive process. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Identify barriers that patients, families and healthcare professionals face in implementing Advance Directives
  • Describe problems created by lack of an Advance Directive
  • Describe new ways that healthcare professionals can involve patients in advance care planning

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including nurses, physicians, health educators, physical therapists, radiologic technologists, dietitians, respiratory therapists, and EMTs/paramedics.
Physical therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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OnCourse Learning is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of continuing education for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from 10/21/09 to 10/20/18.
This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider GED012010TPTA2012004 for 01/01/2010 to 01/31/2013; 1601004 for 02/01/2013 to 01/31/2016; and 1902004TX for 02/01/2016 to 01/31/2019 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California.
OnCourse Learning is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000275) with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through September 30, 2018.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
The Ohio Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 14S1735 for 08/20/14 to 08/20/15; 15S1526 for 08/21/15 to 08/21/16; 16S1870 for 08/22/16 to 08/22/17).
The Florida Physical Therapy Association (approval no. CE150023681 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-27141 for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16; CE17-538962 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17; CE18-538962 for 01/01/18 to 12/31/18); Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the Florida Physical Therapy Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
The Tennessee Physical Therapy Association for Class 1 Continuing Education Requirement (approval no. 5771 for 08/19/14 to 08/18/15; 6207 for 08/19/15 to 08/18/16; 2016-413 for 08/19/16 to 08/18/17; 2017-455 for 8/19/17 to 8/18/18; 2018-281 for 8/19/18 to 8/18/19).
The Pennsylvania Board of Physical Therapy (approval no. PTCE006141 for 10/07/14 to 12/31/14; PTCE007260 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16; PTCE010066 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/18).
The New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 2014-942 for 09/23/14 to 01/31/16; 2016-845 for 02/01/16 to 01/31/18).
This course has been approved by The Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 10/15/14 to 07/31/16; 08/01/16 to 07/31/18.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

Course Originally Released on: 6/2/2014
Date of Most Recent Review: 8/25/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 8/25/2019


Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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IRENE I - NORFOLK, VA  ·  Oct 22, 2018
Informative. Easy to understand.
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Brian A - Austin, TX  ·  Oct 17, 2018
no complaints, found the course straightforward and interesting. I have contact w/ such topics daily as I work in a critical care setting and advanced directives are frequently discussed.
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AMANDA N - Reading, PA  ·  Oct 17, 2018
I found this course useful not only professionally but personally as well. There should be more education out there to the public so that they have a better understanding.
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Anthony D - Saratoga Springs, NY  ·  Oct 14, 2018
Good information to know and pass on.
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Christen R - Landenberg, PA  ·  Oct 10, 2018
Good overview of Advance Directives
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Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50