Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York City
Promoting Palliative Care through Intensive Communication Training for Generalist Clinicians
This project aims to promote primary palliative care for generalist providers and nurses through communication skills training aimed at clinicians caring for older patients with serious and life-limiting illness. We will use the Geritalk course model to train two groups of primary treating physicians, i.e. hospitalist and outpatient providers caring for high-risk patients. We will also develop a novel intensive training model for palliative care nurses who will themselves serve as communication trainers and liaisons for primary acute care nurses. The specific aims are to: 1) Develop and evaluate a general model of communication training targeted at generalist providers caring for older patients with serious and life-limiting illness; 2) Develop, pilot, and evaluate an innovative nursing communication curriculum; and 3) Pilot implementation of communication training courses for generalist providers and nurses throughout the Mount Sinai Health System. The ultimate goal is to develop a model of communication training that is generalizable and exportable on the national level.