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Palliative Sedation


Overview & Objectives

Palliative sedation has often been a controversial and poorly understood subject among the widespread population. This module is an overview of palliative sedation in hospice.  It covers the definition of palliative sedation and distinguishes it from euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide.  The bioethical principles involved in palliative sedation are discussed as well as a general review of protocol, documentation, patient assessment, and responsibilities of the care team and hospice aides.  The following learning objectives for this module include:

  • Define palliative sedation vs. euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide
  • Discuss bioethical principles and medical/legal issues in palliative sedation
  • Review palliative sedation policies, procedures, and protocol
  • Define clinical practices in palliative sedation
  • Discuss hospice aide self-reflection regarding palliative sedation


  • Learning Module
  • Group Exercise:  Case Study
  • Test Questions
  • Instructor Answer Key
  • Attendance Sheet
  • Evaluation Form
  • Certificate of Attendance