University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene is partnering with Hawaiʻi Health Systems Corporation to develop a palliative and hospice training program for physicians, nurses and social workers who work with patients and families. The goal of the Statewide Palliative and Hospice Training program is to provide a broad foundation of knowledge in palliative and hospice care focused on delivering quality patient and family-centered care to long-term and hospice patients.
The program’s training and evaluation initial phase will be piloted at Lēʻahi Hospital, Hawaiʻi Health Systems Corporation’s long-term care facility. Kōkua Mau will be responsible for developing the communication training and the mentoring program. HHSC will track patients’ progress and service referral and the UH Mānoa nursing program will conduct an exploratory study describing the self-reported perception of patient and family satisfaction after receiving palliative care services.
“Training and mentoring of Hawaiʻi’s health professionals about palliative and hospice care will improve the quality of care services they provide to seriously ill patients and families” said UH Mānoa Nursing Associate Professor Merle Kataoka-Yahiro.
A grant from the HMSA Foundation provided funding for this collaborative partnership.
—Adapted from a UH Mānoa news release