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End of Life Doulas and the Interdisciplinary Team: A Volunteer Program

May 12 @ 2:50 pm 3:50 pm

The End of Life Doula movement has gained momentum in the past few years. This presentation discusses how a hospice agency initiated a Volunteer End of Life Doula Program during the Covid 19 pandemic to improve the patient experience. The outcomes of this program showed collaboration with the interdisciplinary team, promoted volunteer retention, integrated the doula concept into the hospice program, and positively impacted patients and families.

Diane Santostefano is a Hospice Program Volunteer Coordinator and an End of Life Doula. She also serves on the steering committee for the Middlesex Health Center for Mindfulness and Compassion and is Vice President of the National End-of-Life Doula Alliance.

Susan Daniels is a Registered Nurse, specializing in Oncology, Telemetry, Dementia Special Care, and Hospice and Palliative Care for the last twelve years.

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