Pain, Palliative Care

Communication and Collaboration: it makes a difference!


Very proud this morning to find that the Palliative Medicine editorial on Social Media is again the most read online article for Palliative Medicine September as well as August.  All Palliative Medicine articles are free to download in October so lets push the envelope so that it is not only the most read but also the most downloaded!  Lets show the power of social media!!!:-)  

But in that piece, I stressed that the purpose of social media was collaboration, advancing the field of Palliative Care through collaboration.  To collaborate we need to communicate and social media is one way of doing this. And we are still are allowed to talk to each other!.

So some examples where this came up the last two weeks.

But I want to turn to two examples where a fairly immediate impact on patient care could result from such collaboration.  
  • Working with the Cyprus team at the recent ATOM-E workshop, the ability to use methadone was being discussed, with Barbara, a nurse, stating her “perception” (held throughout the whole of her Home Health and Hospice Agency) that Methadone could only be used in the treatment of dependency syndrome. “Not at all” was the reply from Ioannis from the Ministry of Health, “no such restrictions. Certainly available for use in palliative care settings.” And now they are collaborating to ensure clinicians are effectively educated on both the availability and use of methadone.
  • At a recent APCA workshop in Tanzania, clinicians were bemoaning the lack of access to opioids at their hospitals. However the regulator who was attending the meeting indicated that they just had to apply for a license and they would have access.  I am told they have issued over 10 licenses since that workshop. Morphine is beginning to flow to areas that previously had no availability.
So lets us World Hospice and Palliative Care Day this October 8th, as a opportunity to further communicate and collaborate not only around the world but also in our own backyards.

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