Johnson, Frances

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Palliative care was not the specialty of many hospitalists; thus, communication was hindered regarding ELC and advanced directives. Despite healthcare utilization in the United States, inadequate treatment of serious illnesses continues due to the lack of provider education and understanding of ELC (palliative and hospice care). Hospitalists are not formally or informally trained to care for patients that need palliative or hospice care. A quantitative, quasi- experimental and qualitative approach was utilized to determine if hospitalists who received educational training on palliative care communication and collaboration improved knowledge, skills, and collaboration when caring for end-of-life or critically ill patients. This project's findings suggested a statistically significant relationship between the education of hospitalists and increased knowledge of palliative care. COVID-19 restrictions hindered palliative care treatment, such as communication and patient isolation. The educational session enhanced the knowledge of the hospitalist and increased effective communication between the hospitalist and patients. The project findings can bring awareness to the need for palliative care education for hospitalists. The education can enhance critical aspects of end-of-life care, such as communication and optimizing care.