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2016 Mid-Year Conference

February 7–9, 2016

San Antonio, Texas

Confronting Mortality

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 10:30 AM–12:00 PM CST
Blanco (classroom 40)
Session Description

As Baby Boomers age they are changing the way we engage and treat the dying. This session will help the TR/RT professional work with people who are confronting they own mortality. As TR/RT professionals we need to be prepared to participate in clear and honest conversations about perceived control and quality of life. In order to do this we will explore our own feelings about death and dying. The changes that are happening in the current health care paradigm, and how TR/RT’s can facilitate interventions to help patients and families address their own mortality will be covered.

Learning Outcomes - Provide three measurable learning objectives for the session that relate to the NCTRC Job Anaylsis.

Identify 3 resources available to the TR/RT professional to help patients and families talk about their own mortality, including quality of life and perceived control.

Help TR/RT professionals feel comfortable in participating in conversations about mortality by exploring and identifying at least 2 of their own values and how their own values affect the conversation.

Identify 3 differences between Palliative Care and Hospice Care and what diagnosis can benefit from these services. 

Discuss and identify at least 3 interventions TR/RT professional can use with patients in their own practice.

Detailed Session Outline - Include time spent on each portion of the outline. An example is given in the help text.

Opening Exercise, questionnaire   what do you think   

15 min for questionnaire

10 min partner conversations

Discuss the role of Palliative Care, Hospice Care

5 min lecture, power point

Resources available to help with conversation

10min, the conversation project,

power point

Identifying legal and outing issues

5 min  power point Advance directives, Power of Attorney, POLST form

Diagnosis we tend to see that would benefit from this topic

15 min, lecture, power point

Small group break out with sample situations to problem solve and discuss

20 min group work

Report back and share  15 min

Closing questions 5min. 

NCTRC Job Analysis.
Foundational Knowledge: Theories and Concepts, Practice Guidelines, Diagnostic Groupings
Assessment Process: Selections and Implementation of Assessment, Assessment Domains
Implementation: Selection of programs, Modalities and/or interventions
Target Audience
New Graduates/New Professionals
Mid-Career Professionals
Seasoned Professionals


Barb Stuebing RCTRS, St Lukes Rehab