End-of-Life Care

Format: Virtual
Dates: May 5-6, 2022

Master Class Directors:

Andrej MICHALSEN, MD, MPH, currently a consultant in Anaesthesiology and Critical Care at Konstanz General Hospital, Konstanz, Germany. He is a member of the Section on Ethics of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (which he chaired from 2013 to 2016), a member of the Ethics Section of the German Interdisciplinary Association of Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine, and a member of the Ethics and Conflict of Interest Committee of the American Thoracic Society. His main areas of interest are focused on ethical issues in health care delivery, especially appropriateness of care and end-of-life care.

Endorsement: The End-of-Life Care Master Class is endorsed by the Ethics Section of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine.

End-of-Life Care requires specific knowledge and expertise – and probably also a particular temperament.

Join our e-master class and learn how to assess the severity of illness and prognosis, to consider relevant ethical, legal, religious, cultural issues, to communicate effectively with patients, relatives and medical staff and minimize their distress, to boost team-working, to make clear decisions in accordance with the patients’ wishes.

Pre-course materials will be available for study. Due to the current uncertain context, the master class has been re-formatted into virtual training, making use of agile virtual environments and responsive innovative solutions. Join us in this new adventure!

An application will be made to the UEMS EACCME® for CME accreditation of this event.

  • Debates on current clinical topics in End-of-Life Care
  • Interactive lectures will blend with clinical scenarios and group activities
  • Opportunities to interact and share experiences among participants and with the team of international experts that will be facilitating the e-Master Class

  • To recall the basic ethical principles and understand the ethical and legal issues related to End-of-Life Care
  • To recognise when treatment may be “inappropriate”
  • To value clear communication pertaining to End-of-Life goals and preferences
  • To explain the option of organ donation and factors which may influence attitudes to death
  • To discuss End-of-Life decisions with members of the health care team and promote their participation in decision-making
  • To communicate effectively with relatives who may be anxious, angry, confused, or litigious
  • To understand the role of palliative care, to support dying patients and their families and relieve their distress

  • Ethical principles and reasoning
  • Ethical climate in ICUs
  • Indication and prognostication
  • Communication in End-of-Life Care
  • Shared Decision-Making
  • The Role of Palliative Care
  • Limitation of Life-Sustaining Treatments

  • Juniors, nurses and allied healthcare professionals with an ICU background or a special interest in End-of-Life Care
  • Senior intensivists seeking for a refresher training programme in the field

Highlights from previous editions


Despite the uncertain context, the second edition of the End-of-Life Care Master Class has just wrapped up, this time virtually! A total of 10 experts and 76 participants from 26 countries engaged in interactive activities and case-based discussions. Here are some of their comments on this innovative educational format:

  • Highly recommended course. I could share my experiences and learn from experts. The academy was amazing. I’m more enlightened. Thank you!
  • I was very happy to see that my dilemMas are common, that my problems are common too
  • My ideas were challenged and I feel refreshed and enlightened
  • Thank you all for perfect and inspirative 2 days
  • Very stimulating, provocative full of inspiration and even therapeutic at some moments!
  • Thanks to everyone. It’s been a very informative and thought-provoking 2 days


The 1st edition of the End-of-Life Care has just wrapped up. A total of 9 experts and 42 participants from 18 countries came together for 2 days at the ESICM Training Centre in Brussels. Here are some of their comments on what they liked best:

  • Meeting likeminded colleagues -feel less isolated in thinking. Insight into cultural, religious, country differences and similarities re topic.
  • Multinational course
  • Learning from other professionals, good open discussions and debates. Approachability of directors and faculty.
  • All the participants were rather experienced, so the level of the discussions was very high and it was great to meet so many people from different countries and to learn about their different perceptions of ethical issues in the ICU
  • Excellent, experienced, enthusiastic faculty, still humble and open to new thoughts and ideas!
  • The topic is of utmost importance to the field. Finally,- finalement – endlich has the ESICM organised a Masterclass on this topic. Thanks a lot for that.