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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

Nurses, you can’t do without them! Life before Death Film 29


Nurses, where to start? My mother was a hospice nurse and my sister a peds nurse. I met my wife  when she was nursing in a home of the dying. Our eldest is now studying nursing in Brisbane, Australia. Nurses have taught me so much of what is important in caring for people near the … Continue reading

“Cure???” Life Before Death Film 28


“But what exactly is meant by “cured”? Until the late 1950’s the term cure was generally taken to mean, in research terms, an overall 5 year survival rate. Now, however, the statistical concept of cure is much closer to the one we all have in mind – that for a group of post-treatment cancer patients, … Continue reading

“Treating pain in China: Opioids or Acupuncture?” Life Before Death Film #17


20% of the world’s population, but with very low morphine consumption.  And as this graph shows, very little increase in consumption from 0.0069 mg in 1983 to to 0.68 mg/person in 2008.  A hundred fold increase but we do have to be careful with statistics (Fibs, lies and Statistics, Aug 2011). Still much too low. … 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

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