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Dr. Richard Weinberg gives a presentation on exploring the collaboration between palliative care, hospice and GI/Hepatology Services.

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify the domains of palliative care as they apply to patients with GI and liver disease
  • Predict mortality using ESLD predictors (MELD and Child’s class) and functional status
  • Improve collaboration between palliative care, hospice and GI/Hepatology Services

Reading Resources:

  1. Dunn GF. Palliative Care:  A Promising Philosophical Framework for Gastroenterology. Gastroenterology Clin N Am.  35: 1-21, 2006
  2. Potosek, J., M. Curry, M. Buss, E. Chittenden:  Integration of Palliative Care in End-Stage Liver Disease and Liver Transplantation, Jl Palliative Medicine, 17:1271-77, 2014
  3. D’Amico et al.  Natural history and prognostic indicators of survival in cirrhosis:  a systematic review of 118 studies.  Journal of Hepatology 2006; 44: 217-231
  4. Medici, V., M., L. Rossaro, J Wegelin, A. Kamboj, J Nakai, K. Fisher,F. Meyers:The Utility of the Model for End-Stage Liver Disease Score: A Reliable Guide for Liver Transplant Candidacy and, for Select Patients,Simultaneous Hospice Referral, Liver Transplantation 14:1100-1106, 2008


Dr. Weinberg has reported no relevant relationships with any entities producing health care goods or services.

All presenters disclosure of relevant financial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients is listed above.  No other planners, members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Accreditation Statement:

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.1) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to 1 contact hour.

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Release Date: 12/1/2017 | Last Modified On: 4/9/2020 | Expires: 5/3/2021

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