Preparing to Show Up: Nature Practices that Serve

This article offers some very basic nature-based practices that we can use on a regular —if not frequent—basis with little preparation in moments in which we find ourselves: depleted, enervated, or in need of clarity. I have been a hospice volunteer for more than sixteen years, while also serving the deep needs of people in transition through my private professional practice. What I’ve learned from both of these endeavors is that showing up to “the other” in an engaged, dynamic manner is not only essential for them; I must show up to myself in such a way, too. We need to maintain a daily connection to fluidity in our lives.The series of articles I offer to readers of the Pallimed blog addresses precisely this; the piece you ’re reading now focuses on ways in which we can remain vibrant via the natural world. They are not intended as a panacea, but rather as touchstones of nature as balm. Each can be done quickly, at the center of our busy workday. These practices can also be used, with modifications, directly in our daily interactions with those we serve. They are totally malleable: adaptable to specific needs and desires, flexible per the conditions in which you work and live. I recommend opening up a pause in your schedule and routine. These practices don’t have to take a long time or detract from our respo nsibilities. I have done many of these within moments of my next client appointment, or around the corner from the next hospice...
Source: Pallimed: A Hospice and Palliative Medicine Blog - Category: Palliative Care Tags: hospice intervention Jennifer Wilhoit nature reflect self care Self reflection volunteer Source Type: blogs

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This study was highlighted in theGeriPal Top 25 articles in HPM.- Ed.)Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial of Oral Docusate in the Management of Constipation in Hospice Patients. Tarumi et al. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 2013: 45(1), 2-13.Palliative care fellows may wonder about their attendings fixation on bowel movements. It may be because we do not ask medical students to disimpact patients any more or because, given the lack of ambulatory care many residents do, they do not see it as a big deal (Constipation a GREAT topic for those of us who like puns and dad jokes).For patients, how...
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by Christian Sinclair (@ctsinclair)We used to publish a lot more article reviews here on Pallimed. Sometimes the analysis would be quite deep and sometimes we would just lump together a while bunch of snippets from key articles. I have been keeping an ever-growing list of articles I would love to write up for the site*, but never seemed to have the time to get to them, and then new ones would come out, that I would want to write about, but they too would just get added to the list. At the end of the year, I would look back on key articles for our field and be pretty bummed out that I never got anything published here about...
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In this study, we aim to determine the prevalence of depression and the discriminant validity of the items of four sets of diagnostic criteria in palliative care. This is a ...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Suicide and Self-Harm Source Type: news
There is a need to improve the assessment of emotional functioning (EF). In the international Advance Care Planning: an Innovative Palliative Care Intervention to Improve Quality of Life in Cancer Patients - a Multi-Centre Cluster Randomized Clinical Trial (ACTION) trial involving patients with advanced cancer, EF was assessed by a customized 10-item short form (EF10). The EF10 is based on the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) EF item bank and has the potential for greater precision than the common EORTC Quality of Life Questionnaire Core 30 four-item scale (EF4).
Source: Value in Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Source Type: research
AbstractThe outcome for patients with unresectable or metastatic soft tissue sarcoma remains poor with few treatment options. Synovial sarcoma is a rare type of sarcoma, predominantly affecting adolescents and young adults. Following failure of first-line anthracycline-based chemotherapy, several salvage options are available. We reviewed the safety and efficacy of gemcitabine/docetaxel chemotherapy in two tertiary oncology centres. We identified patients treated with gemcitabine/docetaxel between 2004 and 2016 in a UK and a US oncology centre using retrospective pharmacy and medical records. Treatment response, toxicity a...
Source: Medical Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
AbstractVery often, treatment for many common musculoskeletal conditions is only palliative, or involves surgery with major shortcomings. Biological interventions —in particular, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapies—may well provide more effective treatments, but their actual efficacy is under scrutiny. PRP is biologically unique to each individual depending on endogenous and exogenous factors, including, but not limited to, demographic factors (i.e. age) , immune status (i.e. microbiota), metabolic diseases and concomitant medications. All these potential modifiers of the ultimate effects of PRP have been poor...
Source: Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology - Category: Orthopaedics Source Type: research
by Karla Washington (@comokarwash)I entered graduate social work education in 1998. St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Mark McGwire broke the single-season home run record that year. Hearings were held regarding the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, and C éline Dion released a duet with R. Kelly, forming a collaboration that probably sounds preposterous to most people younger than 25. On the technology front, social media as we know it today was years away (Mark Zuckerberg was only 14). Google itself was less than a year old. Its corporate headquart ers were in a garage.Fast forward to 2018. I used Google to obt...
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ConclusionsTeleoncology experiences in SSAs suggest the importance of identifying best practices for each local setting. Tailored teleoncology projects should be integrated into whole oncological services to amplify screening, diagnosis, therapies, and palliative care.
Source: Journal of Cancer Policy - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
Cancer Medicine, EarlyView.
Source: Cancer Medicine - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Source Type: research
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