Palliative Care Pharmacy


Course description

Pharmacists are integral members of the multi-disciplinary team delivering palliative care to those facing life-threatening illness, including at the end of life. As more patients wish to remain at home for the end of life, pharmacists are increasingly called upon to contribute expertise in palliative care pharmacy outside of institutional settings.

Developed in partnership between Victoria Hospice and Continuing Studies at the University of Victoria, this online course enables pharmacists to acquire the specialized knowledge to support palliative care patients, family, health and community care nurses and general practitioners. Topics covered include: the pharmacist’s role in a palliative care team; principles of pain management; use of opioids and cannabis in palliative care; symptom management; deprescribing; and drug-related adverse effects. Upon successful completion participants earn a Professional Development Certificate.

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The Canadian Council on Continuing Education in Pharmacy has accredited Palliative Care Pharmacy for 18 CEUs.

Course features

  • The flexibility of online learning – allows you to learn from anywhere, in a format that supports the opportunity to continue working while pursuing your studies
  • Flexible course schedule fits into your lifestyle, learners can expect to spend 3-4 hours per week on the course materials and forum participation
  • The opportunity to learn from respected, real-world industry professionals
  • Learner support – you will be supported along the way by an administrative and technical support team who will ensure you get the help you need to succeed

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