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Foretelling the Future -- The Challenge of Prognostication in Hospice Care

Plenary II
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
4:15 - 5:15 PM ET

Vincent (Jay) Vanston, MD, FAAHPM

Prognosis is a key consideration in clinical decision-making, yet prognostication tools have limited accuracy and variable levels of validation. What’s a hospice clinician committed to evidence-based practice to do? This plenary session will provide the most reliable data on prognostication related to common disease trajectories, review prognostic factors in advanced cancer and end-organ failure and discuss frailty and its impact on prognosis. Armed with the information and data in this session, clinicians will increase their competence in prognostication. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe common disease trajectories and their relevance to prognostication
  • Review prognostic factors in advanced cancer and end-organ failure
  • Discuss the concept of frailty and its impact on prognosis  

Vincent (Jay) Vanston, MD, FAAHPM

A graduate of Temple University Medical School, Vincent (Jay) Vanston has worked in Hospice and Palliative Medicine for over twenty years. Over the years, he has served as a faculty member for AAHPM in both its board review and hospice medical director courses, leading to the position of co-chair for the 2014 and 2016 board review course. Most recently, he has served as the senior editor of the UNIPAC section on heart failure, chronic obstructive lung disease and end-stage renal disease.

Currently a faculty member in the Palliative Medicine section of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, he is committed to educating Hospice and Palliative Medicine providers.