Kelly Arora

Kelly Arora, PhD is Co-Director of the Interprofessional Graduate Certificate and Master of Science in Palliative Care Program at the University of Colorado in Denver, Colorado USA. She is also the John Wesley Iliff Senior Adjunct Lecturer in Spiritual Care at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado USA. Arora has taught courses on the relationship between spirituality and health at Regis University and at the Regis University School of Pharmacy, as well as courses in interprofessional ethics at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Her passion for spirituality in health care began when she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis over 20 years ago. She actively sought ways to address spiritual questions and concerns related to her health when it was evident that medical professionals were uncomfortable talking about the spiritual dimension of her illness experience. In addition to teaching, research, publishing and speaking about health and spirituality, Arora maintains a private practice in spiritual direction. Her husband is a wireless communications consultant (she also has an engineering degree). Their two adult children are busy navigating life in their early 20s. The family loves hiking, annual trips to Telluride, Colorado and trying bizarre foods.

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Palliative Care Capstone Projects (Coursera)

In the Capstone Course you have the opportunity to put what you have been learning about in the Palliative Care Specialization into practice. Our team has created five activities that directly relate to what you have been learning in the course. You will need to talk with someone you [...]
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Psychosocial and Spiritual Aspects of Palliative Care (Coursera)

In this course, you’ll learn how serious and life-threatening illnesses often affect emotional and spiritual well-being. Illnesses can increase stress as patients and families learn to live with a “new normal” that may often focus on illness. You’ll learn how to tell when normal sadness (or grief) becomes something [...]
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Pain Management: Easing Pain in Palliative Care (Coursera)

In this course, you will be able to develop a systems view for assessing and managing pain in the palliative care setting. By the end of the course, you will be able to: 1) Describe the pain problem in the palliative care setting; 2) Assess a person’s pain, 3) [...]
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What is Palliative Care? (Coursera)

Palliative care provides invaluable help for patients living with serious or life-limiting illness and their family caregivers. Palliative care should be part of healthcare services to improve quality of life, the ability to tolerate and benefit from treatment and improve survival. In this course, you will learn about [...]
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Easing Physical Symptoms: It's Not Just Hospice Anymore (Coursera)

Palliative care provides important support for people living with serious or life-limiting illnesses and their family caregivers. In this course, you will learn to use symptom assessment tools to better understand which symptoms are present and which are most distressing. In subsequent weeks you will learn about some of [...]
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