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Palliative and Hospice Care: Inequality, Equality and Quality of Care

Winter Inst. term
Health Policy and Management
2 credits
Academic Year:
2020 - 2021
Mon 01/11/2021 - Fri 01/15/2021
Class Times:
In addition to pre-recorded lectures, this course will be offered via live zoom sessions on January 11, 13, & 15, 2021 from 1pm - 5pm
  • M W F,  1:00 - 5:00pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Pamela Davis
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only

Addresses the policy problems related to improving access, quality and cost-effectiveness for palliative and hospice care within the current medical system, using case studies and workshop exercises. Also addresses the challenges and opportunities palliative and hospice care face under health reform. Considers questions such as: what communication strategies can be widely applied to help patients understand and choose care in accordance with their goals and values; how palliative care and hospice services should be delivered by accountable care organizations and medical homes; how palliative care can be integrated into the long-term care environment; and what quality measures should be integrated into performance measurement for all providers of the seriously ill.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Discuss components of high quality care at the end of life
  2. Describe the delivery, financing, and quality gaps for hospice services in the US
  3. Describe the delivery, financing, and quality gaps for palliative care in the US
  4. Assess the current status and needs for measuring quality of care in hospice and palliative care services in the US
  5. Analyze potential policy options for improving the quality of palliative and hospice care in the US
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 50% Quality exercise
  • 40% Participation
  • 10% Presentation(s)

Enrollment Restriction:

Students who were previously enrolled in the special studies version of this course (309.845.51) may not register for this course.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

This course will be offered remotely with a mix asynchronous lectures and 3 synchronous zoom sessions. Students are required to listen to lectures prior to the start of class. Final exam is due by February 5, 2021.