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End-of-Life Care and Bereavement Issues in HIV/AIDS

About the Course

This review addresses end-of-life care issues characterizing HIV progression by delineating associated stages of medical and nursing care. Progression from the stage of primary medical and nursing care aimed at functional cure to the stage of palliative care is depicted first. This transition is considered in accord with the major symptoms experienced − fatigue, pain, insomnia, decreased libido/hypogonadism, decreased memory and concentration, depression, and distorted body image. From the stage of palliative care, progression is delineated onward through the stages of hospice care, death and dying, and, finally, an extension to the bereavement process (after the death of the patient her or himself).

This course is based on the article, End-of-Life Care and Bereavement Issues in HIV/AIDS created by Karl Goodkin, MD, PhD, DFAPA, FACPsych, et al. in 2018.

Publication Date:

1st Edition March 2018

Course Material Authors

Course Material Authors authored the material only, and were not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

Karl Goodkin, MD, PhD, DFAPA, FACPsych

Dr. Karl Goodkin is a Research Mentor and Psychiatry Professor for the College of Medicine at University of Nebraska Medical Center. He has been a member of the Committee on HIV Psychiatry of the American Psychiatric Association since 1992. He currently serves on the Neuropsychology Work Group of the Multi-Center AIDS Cohort Study (MACS) and the Neurocognitive Disorders Work Group of the DSM-5. His research interests concern the causes, treatment, and prevention of HIV-1 associated neurocognitive impairment and disorder (HAND), specifically in older persons and in primary Spanish speakers (in the USA, Argentina, Mexico, and Puerto Rico) as well as Portuguese speakers in Brazil and Zulu speakers in South Africa.

Sindhura Kompella, MD

Dr. Sindhura Kompella is currently a 3rd year Psychiatry resident at American University of Antigua College of Medicine.

Steven F. Kendell, MD

Dr. Steven Kendell is a board certified Psychiatrist and is a staff psychiatrist at Linder Center of HOPE. Prior to joining the Lindner Center of HOPE, Dr. Kendell served as Director of Research at Blue Horizon International Stem Cell Investigation and Treatment Program in New York, New York. Dr. Kendell’s other clinical positions have included serving as Attending Psychiatrist at Appalachian Behavioral Healthcare, Athens, Ohio; Attending Psychiatrist at Kettering Behavioral Medicine Center in Kettering, Ohio and Attending Psychiatrist at Butte County Department of Behavioral Health in Chico, California.

Course Creator

Allison Brown, LCSW 149014591

Allison Brown holds a BS degree in Criminal Justice with a Psychology focus and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who currently works at a Long-Term Insurance company bringing clinical experience to claim processes. Additionally, she developed and continues to lead the Continuing Education Program for Social Workers and Nurses and often leads complex process improvement projects Prior to this, her primary focus was in mental health and worked in both the outpatient and inpatient settings providing support to adults with mental illness.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Recognize the unique end-of-life care and progression of illness for HIV patients.
  2. Identify the progression from the stage of primary medical & nursing care aimed at functional cure to the stage of palliative care.
  3. Apply four areas over the spectrum of end-of-life issues and apply it directly to the area of HIV/AIDs.

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