Hospice and Palliative Care Self-Study Package - 1st Edition

As the aging population of the U.S. increases, so does the need for hospice and palliative care. 

Recorded at an AAFP live course, the AAFP’s Hospice and Palliative Care Self-Study Package is an evidence-based, focused learning solution built to help you explore key hospice and palliative areas.

Topics include advanced care planning, referrals, nutrition and hydration, symptom management, last hours, grief and bereavement, and more—on a schedule that works best for you—with supplemental learning activities in a variety of formats. View full topic list »

Earn CME

This self-study package is approved for up to 11.5 AAFP Prescribed credits. CME credit approved through January 1, 2022.
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You Get:

  • 9 video presentations, 45-60 minutes each
  • Supplemental learning activities that include case studies that take you down differing decision paths, matching and fill-in-the-blank, and a musical activity with accompanying reflective exercise    
  • CME reporting and evaluation option after each presentation  
  • Interactive interface with QuestionPause™ during presentations    
  • Full-color, 68-plus page syllabus    
  • Online post-test*
  • USB flash drive with video and audio files plus syllabus (online premium package only)
  • Audio CDs of presentations (online premium package only)
  • Customized learning option with multiple ways to work through the material:


  • Continuous Play - audio and video with speaker slides
  • QuestionPause Play - simulate the live course environment, answering questions as you go

Audio (online premium package only)

  • Standard CD Play - listen from your home, office, or car
  • MP3 Audio - rip to your MP3 player and learn on the go

*Post-test MUST be completed to claim CME credit.

Estimated time to complete package: 12 hours.

Choose the package that's right for you:

Online Package

This package includes: 

  • online access to content
  • downloadable PDF syllabus

PC, Mac, smartphone, and tablet compatible. 

AAFP Member:$295
New Physician:$245
Student or Resident:$195
Allied Health:$295

Note: Access to online content ends on January 1, 2022.

Online Premium Package

This package includes:

  • online access to content
  • downloadable PDF syllabus


  • full-color printed syllabus
  • USB flash drive with content files
  • audio CDs of presentations

PC, Mac, smartphone, and tablet compatible.

AAFP Member:$395
New Physician:$345
Allied Health:$395

Note: Access to online content ends on January 1, 2022.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this CME activity, you should be able to:

  • Identify patients with hospice and/or palliative care needs well in advance of imminent death to promote optimal quality of life during the end stages of disease.
  • Determine individual practice model of care for provision of hospice and palliative care.
  • Effectively communicate with patients in families in areas including ethical and legal issues, disease progression, and shared decision making by provision of medical expertise with regard to risks/benefits of treatment options and effect on quality and quantity of life.
  • Provide palliative care and symptom management throughout the continuum of illness with consideration of physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs.
  • Provide adequate comfort measures and anticipatory guidance to patients and their families at the time of imminent death.


  • Advance Care Planning
  • Communication
  • Grief and Bereavement
  • Hospice Versus Palliative Care – An Overview
  • Nutrition and Hydration in the Terminally Ill
  • Symptom Management Part 1: Pain and Constipation
  • Symptom Management Part 2: Non-Pain Symptoms
  • The Last Hours (Impending Death)
  • The Referral

System Requirements

CME Credit Statement

This Enduring Material activity, Hospice and Palliative Care 1st Edition, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 11.5 Prescribed credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Term of approval begins 1/2/19. Term of approval is for 3 years from this date. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

The AAFP is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Academy of Family Physicians designates this Enduring Material activity for a maximum of 11.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CME activities approved for AAFP credit are recognized by the AOA as equivalent to AOA Category 2 credit. 
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