How to Conduct a Family Meeting (Synaptiv)

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Learning Objectives

  • Conducting a meeting
  • Handling difficult conversations
  • Establishing shared goals

Course Description

Palliative care physician Susan Block comments, “A family meeting is a procedure, and it requires no less skill than performing an operation.” Yet, many clinicians do not approach family meetings with the skill and structure that will make them effective. This course will provide clinicians with the skills and framework to:

  • Conduct a family meeting
  • Determine what the patient and family already know
  • Establish shared goals
  • Approach difficult situations that may arise during these conversations

Did you know…

  • Family meetings have been shown to improve concordance of care with expressed wishes and to reduce posttraumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and depression among bereaved family members
  • By their own estimate, 38% of the families of patients cared for at the end-of-life in hospital receive poor family support

Course at a Glance

Target Audience: Clinicians

Time to Complete: 30 Minutes

Contributor: SynAptiv



Author Information

The Colorado Foundation for Medical Care was founded in 1970 as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) healthcare quality improvement organization. It currently does business as (DBA) SynAptiv. SynAptiv continues to focus on continuous quality improvement, but now works toward its charitable mission in new ways. We are a global healthcare learning institute, offering a variety of educational tools, trainings, certifications, and learning improvement resources for multiple professional settings.