Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest now offering twice-monthly serious illness conversation guide training

April 5, 2023

Evidence suggests that earlier and better conversations about goals of care between clinicians and their patients who have serious illness results in:

  • Higher patient satisfaction
  • Medical care better aligned with patients’ preferences
  • Lower family distress
  • Fewer nonbeneficial interventions
  • Reduced costs

Yet one of the main barriers clinicians cite as a reason for delayed conversations is training on how to have these conversations effectively and efficiently. The Serious Illness Conversation Guide (SICG) is an evidence-based model that uses patient-tested language to improve patient outcomes. Moreover, clinicians trained to use the SICG report increased job satisfaction and renewed meaning in their work.

Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest (HCPNW) worked with Ariadne Labs to develop an upgraded approach to teaching this useful Guide.  The newly improved training teaches the words of the Guide, and also includes interstitial communication skills that make the Guide successful. The training involves real-time coaching using simulated “role-plays,” ensuring that clinicians feel confident in using the Guide. CME/CECH is given for pre-work, actual class time and one real-time conversation.

Normally this type of training is only offered on a limited basis within individual health care systems. However, we are excited to offer courses to the public bi-monthly. All health care professions are welcome!

We hope you will review the flyer, pick a date and sign up. With our new Eventbrite registration, getting signed up is easy!

Please reach out if you have any questions: info@honoringchoicespnw.org (Cat Mazzawy)


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