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New year brings chance to have tough conversations

January 8th, 2016 | Tags: , , | Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments

Approximately 2.5 million people will die in the United States in the new year. Of that number, over three-fourths will…

Palliative care improves care quality, reduces costs for advanced cancer patients with comorbidities

January 7th, 2016 | Tags: , , | Posted in Articles, Stories | No Comments

Patients with incurable cancer and numerous other serious health conditions who consulted with a palliative care team within two days…

Blue Cross expands benefits for end-of-life care

January 4th, 2016 | Tags: , , | Posted in Articles, Stories | No Comments

The state’s largest health insurer this week will begin offering some of the newest and most comprehensive end-of-life benefits in…

Are Doctors Ready To Talk About End-Of-Life Care?

December 18th, 2015 | Tags: , , | Posted in Articles, Blogs, Stories | No Comments

About to board a flight back to his district, Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., is downright effusive, calling a health care…

Every Pediatric Hospital Should Offer A Palliative Care Program

December 17th, 2015 | Tags: , , | Posted in Articles, Stories | No Comments

When I tell people that I study palliative care for children, I usually hear something like, “You mean taking care…

Concurrent Hospice Care With Chemotherapy, Radiation Therapy Increasing Among Veterans

December 16th, 2015 | Tags: , , | Posted in Articles, Stories | No Comments

Receipt of hospice care concurrently with chemotherapy or radiation therapy has increased among veterans dying from cancer without reduction in…

December 11th, 2015 | Tags: , , | Posted in Articles, Stories | No Comments

Scotland is recognised as providing world-leading palliative care. Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS), as the only hospice service in Scotland…

A Palliative Care Fellow’s Perspective on Physician-Assisted Death

December 10th, 2015 | Tags: , , | Posted in Articles, Blogs, Stories | No Comments

I’ll be honest. When I started my fellowship in palliative care 4 short months ago, I had not seriously considered…

How to ensure people get end-of-life health care they want

December 9th, 2015 | Tags: , | Posted in Articles, Stories | No Comments

My mom paid a painful price for not completing an advance directive about her preferences for end-of-life medical care. She…

Impact of Early Palliative Care Varies Depending on Patient Age, Gender

December 2nd, 2015 | Tags: , , | Posted in Articles, Blogs, Stories | No Comments

A recent study examined the impact of early palliative care (EPC) on quality of life for patients with advanced cancer….