1H: Partnering for the Good of the Patient: End of Life Doulas and Hospice Working Together

Christy Marek

As the End of Life Doula role becomes increasingly established, questions arise about where exactly it fits within the existing spectrum of end-of-life services, particularly with hospice. It is the view of the presenter that doulas provide an extra layer of care that compliments the services hospice provides. In so doing, doulas improve the continuity of care and overall level of support for patients and their families as they navigate the intricacies of the dying process. Come learn the particulars of the End of Life Doula role, and how this role best interfaces with Hospice.

By the end of the session, learners will be able to:

  • Describe how the work of end of life doulas and hospice providers are similar and different
  • Identify when a patient would benefit from the added layer of care provided by an end of life doula
  • Assess opportunities for partnering with end of life doulas that will support both the patient and the hospice team