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WHO Palliative care Report: Exec Board Jan 2014

The World Health Organization is the world’s governing body for health care with it HQ in Geneva and the annual meeting of the World Health Assembly (WHA) In May each year. In the prior January, the Executive Board of the World Health Assembly meets to work on the agenda for the WHA, discussing and proposing … Continue reading

Share your tips for better “Beside Manner:” Life Before Death Film 30

Tips for better “bedside manner.” Leave your white coat at the door (if you can’t get by without it altogether). Say hello. Introduce yourself. Sit down Eye contact. Interact with patient as a person (OK some small talk: food, weather, family photo). Spend time Turn your pager/cell phone to vibrate Ignore your pager for a … Continue reading

“The D… parrot!” Monty Python meets @LifeBeforeDeath; Film 26

I have been wrestling with this over the last five days since Mike Hill and Sue Collins from Moonshine posted “The D word.”  In a few minutes, they capture the sensitivity of the issue as it applies across cultures. And I greatly appreciate the need for that sensitivity. Increasingly, the evidence is mounting that an … Continue reading

The speech of Steve Jobs’ life: messages for palliative care

The Speech of Steve Jobs’ life: messages for palliative care and us all. From the 2005 Stanford Commencement Address I emailed Steve about this talk and his cancer diagnosis, suggesting Apple support cancer communication research. He wrote back saying, “Like the ideas, but at this stage no, Steve.” The best rejection letter I have ever … Continue reading

A magic number….prognosticating in Palliative Care.

I still see a number of patients at the Carbone Cancer Center while wearing my “Medical Oncology” hat, although I will confess to always having my “Palliative Care” hat on, each hat helping the other in optimizing the care I provide. I saw Lisa (not her real name) a few weeks back. She is in … Continue reading

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