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.
- Faith Mwangi-Powell, CEO of the African Palliative Care Association (@APCAssociation), spoke beautifully at the Help The Hospices Biannual Meeting in Bournemouth. Collaboration was a key part of her message and you can watch this on-line, Addressing politics, silos and turf wars in order to widen horizons in palliative care.
- The inaugural meeting of the Palliative Care Research Consortium took place in Chicago on Oct 3 and 4th. Collaboration is a key in this effort led by Amy Abernathy and Jean Kuttner to advance the Science of Palliative Care.
- Palliative Medicine has released a paper on the challenges faced by the Australian Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative in designing and conducting randomized palliative care trails. Kudos to Tania Shelby-James, David Currow and the other authors for this paper.
- 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.