Welcome to the CARES Toolkit = End-of-Life Cases and Resources:
An Interprofessional 
Toolkit for Health Science Students

Classroom Setting


Cases, Facilitator Notes, and PowerPoints

Library Scene with Individuals at Desks


Local, State, and National Resources

The CARES Toolkit (generously supported by the David and Lura Lovell Foundation) was designed with three goals in mind. Our desire to:

  • Transform cultural attitudes toward aging, serious illness, death, and dying among health science students and faculty by developing, piloting, and evaluating an evidence-based, patient-centered education and training program to assure compassionate end-of-life care for patients and their families;
  • Ensure every health professional student graduating from the UA Health Science Colleges will have basic competency in serious illness and end-of-life care; and
  • Create a cadre of healthcare professionals who promote advance care planning.  By training health professional students (in Arizona and beyond), we will ensure that the future healthcare workforce has the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to continue to improve serious illness and end-of-life care for all patients and families.

Our partners (listed below) worked to create Interprofessional and discipline specific curriculum that include cases, facilitator notes and PowerPoints. Instructors are welcome to modify the facilitator notes and PowerPoints to better suit their individual courses. All materials are free and easily downloadable. We will continue to add cases and disciplines. If you would like to contribute a new interprofessional or discipline specific case, please contact Edgar Garcia  egarcia5@arizona.edu.

CARES Toolkit: End-of-Life Cases and Resources — Webpage Orientation

A short tutorial on how to get the most out of the CARES Toolkit.

Advance Care Planning by Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association

Vicki Buchda, Vice President of Care Improvement at the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, discusses the importance of Advance Care Planning for patients and families across the lifespan and reviews common Advance Care Planning forms and resources. She also demonstrates communication strategies to engage patients in a conversation about advance care planning across the continuum of care.

Download the PowerPoint and Advance Care Planning forms mentioned in the above presentation from Vicki Buchda, Vice President of Care Improvement at AzHHA.

In addition to the curriculum, we have created a

Community Resource Manual

that includes links to local, state and national end-of-life agencies and resources

University of Arizona Partners Include:

Community Partners Include: