Diagnosing Dying

Estimated Duration: 
2 hours

Welcome to this short course which has been designed for community and inpatient health professionals. It has been developed with an awareness of the differing contexts and situations a health professional may face where they question whether a patient is dying. The principal learning outcome for this course is to help you develop the ability to recognise when a patient you are working with is actively dying, ie., in the last 24-48 hours of life.


Following the course, you will find a short quiz designed to help consolidate your learning. When you complete the quiz please hit the 'submit' button to receive your certificate. 


This e-learning course has been a collaborative project between the Goodfellow Unit, Hospice North Shore and Mercy Hospice Auckland.  Content was developed by Helen Butler, Claire Hatherell and Alison Turner.  Special thanks to Karen Williamson, Claire Hatherell and Maddison Jennings for allowing their fantastic photographs to be used which you will see as you progress through the course.

The material is presented by the Goodfellow Unit (GFU),  an accredited continuing medical education/ continuing professional development (CME/CPD) provider for the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners and functions under a tripartite agreement between the Goodfellow Foundation, the College and the University of Auckland. The Unit is located within the Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care, and within the School of Population Health, one of the five Schools within the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.


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