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End-of-Life Educational Resources

Based on our extensive needs assessment and targeted interviews, a wide array of educational activities are available and under development to include live workshops on advanced directives, an instructional monograph guiding physicians on how to implement palliative care services into their practice, an ABFM Part IV performance improvement project and sessions on shared decision making.  


ABFM Part IV Improving Performance in Practice Module

CAFP, in partnership with Interstate Postgraduate Medical Association, has developed an ABFM Part IV Improving Performance in Practice module.  This module is designed to increase the numbers of patients with advance directives in place, to enhance physician-patient communication, and to improve end-of-life care.  The module is approved for ABFM Part IV credit, includes 30 AAFP Prescribed credits upon completion and is based on a team-approach [AMA PRA Category 1 ™ credit is also available].  The Part IV module is appropriate for any family physician, family medicine resident, or other primary care physician.  The module is also approved for any ABMS board Part IV credit.  Questions?  Contact Shelly Rodrigues


Frequently Asked Questions Answered:  We captured a recent webinar on the Advance Care Planning/Advance Directives Maintenance of Certification Part IV Module.  Listen to the recording; if you have additional questions please feel free to email or call -- 415-345-8667.  We look forward to your participation in this MOC module.


Weaving Palliative Care into Primary Care: A Guide for Family and Primary Care Physicians and Their Practice Teams

The World Health Organization defines palliative care as “An approach that improves quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical psychosocial and spiritual.”  CAFP knows family physicians are the physicians best suited to provide palliative care in their practices.  CAFP has teamed with the California Healthcare Foundation to produce a workbook and practical guide to incorporate palliative care services into your practice.  This workbook is offered free to CAFP members. With the completion of the assessments and evaluation, you can also earn up to 3 AAFP Prescribed CME credits.



POLST – Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment

Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) is a form that gives seriously-ill patients more control over their end-of-life care, including medical treatment, extraordinary measures (such as a ventilator or feeding tube) and CPR. Printed on bright pink paper, and signed by both a doctor and patient, POLST can prevent unwanted or ineffective treatments, reduce patient and family suffering, and ensure that a patient's wishes are honored.

CAFP EOL Webinar Series

Are there any topics you'd like us to cover?  Please send us and email and the CAFP Committee on Continuing Professional Development will add them to the Webinar Series calendar. 

End of Life Options Act Now the Law:  Webinar Recorded June 16, 2016

The End-of-Life Option Act is now law in California.  CAFP is pleased to have captured this webinar highlighting the requirements for physicians and patients, and commentary from two family physicians about their plans for implementing EOL options.