Palliative Care: Implications and ongoing opportunities for rehabilitation therapies

Date: January 29,2020
Audience: PT, PTA, OT, COTA, SLP
Course time: Check in time 5:30-6:00 PM Course time 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Level: Introductory
Location: WILF Family Center Auditorium
M Health Fairview University
Masonic Children's Hospital
2450 Riverside Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454
Contact Hours: 2.0
Course Fee: $40.00
Cancellation Policy:  Cancellation Fee will apply
Group Discounts:

If three people from the same organization register for a course, each person will receive a 10% discount. Four or more registered will receive a 15% discount. Please email or call ahead of time with the names of the people who will be registering as a group, [email protected] or 612-672-5607.

For Group discounts:  USE CODE rehab10 for 10% discount and rehab15 for 15% discount for group

Course Description:

Palliative Care is a interdisciplinary approach to caring for patients and their families living with complex chronic illness. The implications of palliative care plans for these patients is often taken as a reason to withdraw restorative therapy services. The purpose of this presentation is to introduce the principles and tenets of palliative care, identify increasing patient populations benefiting from palliative care involvement, and support the role of therapy services in this patient population.


Michael C Finch, APRN,NP,ACHPN received his undergraduate degree in nursing from the College of St Scholastica and worked 12 years in emergency nursing and critical care including roles as Chief Filght Nurse and Assistant Director for Life Link III helicopter and medical transport service. Completing his Masters Degree and Nurse Practitioner Program at St Catherine University in 1991 his more than 26 years of APRN experience includes family practice, neurology, transitional care and 10 years with the Hospital Medicine service at the University of Minnesota before taking on his current role as Lead Advanced Practice Nurse with the Inpatient Palliative Medicine Consult Service there.
Financial Disclosure: Michael Finch will receive honoraria for speaking on this topic. 
Non-financial Disclosure: Michael has no non-financial relationships to disclose. 


  • Identify the differences between Palliative Care and Hospice Care
  • Describe the concepts of comfort care on an inpatient unit
  • Describe what palliative care research evidence reveals about palliative care consultation as it relates to patient satisfaction, hospitalization rates, patient survival and late enrollment in hospice care
  • Articulate ways that professional therapists may collaborate with patients receiving palliative and hospice care intervention


5:30-6:00 PM  Check in time

6:00-7:00 PM  Palliative Care and Hospice

  • Comfort Care inpatient unit

7:00-8:00 PM  Palliative care research evidence

  • Collaboration between patient and therapist
This course is offered for .20 ASHA CEUs             AOTA Classification Code: Domain of OT and Occupational Therapy Process
(Related, Introductory Level)