HIV/AIDS Palliative Care

Training Materials: 

Course description

Course name
HIV/AIDS Palliative Care
Main Learning Objectives
  • Define palliative care for HIV/AIDS patients and describe the changes that have occurred since the introduction of HAART.
  • Evaluate and relieve pain in HIV/AIDS patients according to WHO prorocols for pain relief and symptom management.
  • Understand difficulties in treating pain in drug-addicted patients.
  • Understand how palliative care for children with HIV/AIDS differs from care for adults.
  • Learn the various options for management of pediatric patients based on WHO protocols and how to improve communication with sick children and their families.
  • Understand the value of good communication between patients and those caring for them, particularly how to discuss end-of-life care issues.
  • Know the elements of a good death from the perspectives of patients, their family or close friends, and healthcare workers.
  • Know factors to be considered when diagnosing depression, anxiety, dementia and delirium.
  • Know the basic principles of preventing burnout syndrome in caregivers.
Key Topics The purpose and principles of palliative care for people diagnosed with HIV/AIDS; pain evaluation and pain syndrome relief according to WHO protocols for European region (2006); caregiver counseling on rules for care; principles of basic HIV symptom management according to WHO protocols; use of complementary or alternative medicine; psychological issues in palliative care for adults and children; how to help patients die a good death; psychiatric issues in palliative care; working with volunteers; prevention of burnout syndrome.
Basis of Curriculum, Key Teaching Documents and Materials
  • WHO HIV/AIDS Treatment and Care Protocols for European Region (2006);
  • Relevant national protocols and policies;
  • Palliative Care for People with HIV/AIDS (Center for Palliative Care Education at the University of Washington’s Northwest AIDS Education and Training Center, Seattle, 2003)
  • Set of slides and handouts.

All materials available printed or electronically, in Russian and English.

Teaching Methods Presentation, small group discussion, role play, clinical case study.
Target Audience Specialist teams (physician, nurse, social worker, psychologist, healthcare aide). Maximum class size: 18-24 participants.
Faculty Multidisciplinary team of national and international instructors
Duration 4-day didactical/clinical course.