Goals of Care Conversations2018-11-20T12:38:10+00:00

Project Description

Goals of Care Conversations

Goals of Care Conversations | INNOVATION BY ECS
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Objective:

To produce a training application for health care providers to practice and improve communication techniques and skills when caring for seriously ill patients

Tactics & Strategies:

Preparing to discuss palliative care with patients having a chronic or life-threatening illness and their families can be challenging, even to experienced doctors and medical professionals. This application, Goals of Care Conversations, helps physicians train to initiate and conduct complex, emotional discussions in a professional training environment. The application focuses on helping physicians build a partnership with their patient and family during conversations at any stage of a serious illness.

In the training application, the user assumes the role of a medical provider and interacts with a patient to further understand and test their knowledge of Goals of Care. This admittedly difficult, first discussion, along with subsequent conversations, will be critical to the decisions made by the patient and their family. The training helps medical professionals focus on providing patients with relief from their symptoms and stress. Through interactive dialogue with the patient, based on the user’s selections, the application will provide players with information comparing various options to guide the dialogue. A virtual palliative care mentor is available to provide the physician with positive feedback and suggestions for improvement, when necessary. Preparing to discuss palliative care with patients having a chronic or life-threatening illness and their families can be challenging, even to experienced doctors and medical professionals. Goals of Care Conversations helps physicians train to initiate and conduct complex, emotional discussions in a professional training environment. The application focuses on helping physicians build a partnership with their patient and family during conversations at any stage of a serious illness.

In the training application, the user assumes the role of a medical provider and interacts with a patient to further understand and test their knowledge of Goals of Care. This admittedly difficult, first discussion, along with subsequent conversations, will be critical to the decisions made by the patient and their family. The training helps medical professionals focus on providing patients with relief from their symptoms and stress. Through interactive dialogue with the patient, based on the user’s selections, the application will provide players with information comparing various options to guide the dialogue. A virtual palliative care mentor is available to provide the physician with positive feedback and suggestions for improvement, when necessary.