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Optimizing Communication to Reduce Family Grief (Enhabit 2024)

presented by Joy Goldsmith, PhD and Elaine Wittenberg, PhD, FACH

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Financial: Joy Goldsmith receives compensation from MedBridge for the production of this course. She has no other relevant financial relationships.

Financial: Elaine Wittenberg receives compensation from MedBridge for the production of this course. She has no other relevant financial relationships.

Nonfinancial: Joy Goldsmith has no competing nonfinancial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Nonfinancial: Elaine Wittenberg has no competing nonfinancial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

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This series provides communication strategies to enable providers and professionals in hospice and palliative care, as well as those working with patients with chronic and complex illnesses, to experience empowered communication with family caregivers. The chapters will offer basic tools to support communication with family caregivers and include resources to utilize as a patient's condition changes. Interaction tools for difficult exchanges within family systems, pathways to discuss patient decline, and communication to reduce family grief are additional chapters in this offering. As the stress of family members can increase in relation to illness, providers and professionals need communication scaffolding that provides a pathway to connect even when conflict and grief are high.

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Joy Goldsmith, PhD

Joy Goldsmith conducts research about health communication science, specifically in contexts of serious and chronic illness. Her numerous books and articles in clinical as well as communication journals address health literacy, communication pedagogy, oncology nurse communication, interprofessional communication in healthcare, and family caregiver communication. Dr. Goldsmith is cofounder of the COMFORT Communication Project, which houses…

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Elaine Wittenberg, PhD, FACH

Elaine Wittenberg holds a PhD in communication from the University of Oklahoma and has authored more than 150 peer-reviewed articles on hospice and palliative care communication. She is coauthor of six books pertaining to palliative care, family communication, and nursing, three of which have been awarded Book of the Year by the National Communication Association.…

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1. Reducing Family Caregiver Grief

This microlearning course optimizes communication by encouraging assessment of family caregiver self-care, which is one way to ease grief and fatigue. Communication to reduce grief begins as soon as patient care begins. The module will include topic guidelines to assess caregiver self-care needs and identify self-care practices to reduce complications from grief and fatigue.

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