What The AAHPM Annual Assembly Means To Me

I really love my field. Both sides hospice and palliative medicine. Both sides academic and community. Both sides profit/not for profit. Both sides friends and soon to be friends. Because to me they are not really sides or artificial tribes that exist because we humans really like to label things into groups.  To me this is one whole big family and the Annual Assembly feels like a really good family reunion to me. Not the family reunion of TV or movie tropes where everyone dreads it, but the real type of family reunion where you see people you have not spoken with in a year or more, but you drop right into a regular conversation like you see each other every day. 2013 will be my 10th Annual Assembly in a row.  I started in 2004 in Phoenix, AZ and have enjoyed each year more and more.  I'm sure some of you may be asking how my colleagues let me go so often.  Well some years I only went for one day or less like in Tampa, when I flew in for the Pallimed party on Friday night and left Saturday afternoon. These past few years I have been on the board which is pretty much mandatory attendance.  Other years, I submitted and had talks selected which helped insure a trip to the Annual Assembly.  No matter, I just wanted to try and get there and see my HPM family again. I love the learning that goes on there.  Fantastic lectures, new ideas, meeting incredibly smart and talented people who love this field with an intense passion.  Sometimes I h...
Source: Pallimed: A Hospice and Palliative Medicine Blog - Category: Palliative Carer Workers Authors: Source Type: blogs

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Hypofractionated radiotherapy is an appealing treatment for patients with metastatic or unresectable tumors in need of palliative radiotherapy. [1] Stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) is a form of hypofractionated radiotherapy increasingly used in this setting as it may improve local control and better palliate symptoms compared to conventional fractionation. [2 –3] SBRT does face limitations when considered for large tumors. Locoregional control and toxicity are both thought to be worse for larger tumors treated with SBRT compared with smaller tumors.
Source: Radiotherapy and Oncology - Category: Radiology Authors: Tags: Original Article Source Type: research
AMA J Ethics. 2021 Oct 1;23(10):E772-777. doi: 10.1001/amajethics.2021.772.ABSTRACTFor seriously ill patients whose pain is best treated with surgery, it is important to discuss and explore treatment goals preoperatively. Knowing which health states a patient would tolerate helps the surgeon identify interventions that are overly burdensome, overreach survival goals, or undermine the patient's quality of life. Surgical success should be defined by how well an intervention aligns with patients' goals. Early integration of specialty palliative care can help identify surgical patients with unmet needs, optimize symptom manage...
Source: Pain Physician - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Source Type: research
This study aims to assess the rate of awareness of hospice care among rural residents living in Alabama's Black Belt region and examine social determinants of health (SDH) associated with the awareness. Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted among a convenience sample living in Alabama's Black Belt region (N = 179, age = 18-91). Participants' awareness of hospice care, demographic characteristics (ie, age and gender), and SDH (ie, financial resources strain, food insecurity, education and health literacy, social isolation, and interpersonal safety) were assessed. Lastly, a binary logistic regression was used to ex...
Source: The American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Source Type: research
Conclusions Understanding the nuances of informal caregivers' experiences with grief and bereavement will inform and advance practice, policy, and research. Practitioners/clinicians should be further educated on how to properly acknowledge the complexity of grief and bereavement for informal caregivers, specifically paying attention to mediators. Further research needs to consider the role of culture.PMID:34860618 | DOI:10.1177/08258597211052269
Source: Journal of Palliative Care - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Source Type: research
Journal of Palliative Medicine, Ahead of Print.
Source: Journal of Palliative Medicine - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Source Type: research
We present the case of a 71-years-old male with a history of pulmonary adenocarcinoma with palliative treatment. He was admitted to our hospital with hematochezia and anemia (Hemoglobin 10.6 g/dl).PMID:34852631 | DOI:10.17235/reed.2021.8480/2021
Source: Revista Espanola de Enfermedades Digestivas - Category: Gastroenterology Authors: Source Type: research
Palliat Support Care. 2021 Dec 2:1-11. doi: 10.1017/S147895152100184X. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTOBJECTIVE: Compassion fatigue (CF), which includes burnout and secondary traumatic stress, is highly prevalent among healthcare providers (HCPs). Ultimately, if left untreated, CF is often associated with absenteeism, decreased work performance, poor job satisfaction, and providers leaving their positions. To identify risk factors for developing CF and interventions to combat it in pediatric hematology, oncology, and bone marrow transplant (PHOB) HCPs.METHODS: An integrative review was conducted. Controlled vocabulary relev...
Source: Palliative and Supportive Care - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: Paramedics are a highly skilled workforce capable of helping to deliver palliative and end-of-life care to people in their homes and reducing avoidable hospital admissions, particularly for palliative emergencies. Future research should focus on investigating the efficacy of palliative care clinical practice guideline implementation for paramedics, understanding other healthcare professionals' perspectives, and undertaking health economic evaluations of targeted interventions.PMID:34852696 | DOI:10.1177/02692163211059342
Source: Palliative Medicine - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: Patients with mCRC receiving cetuximab + FOLFIRI who presented with high plasma HGF levels had significantly worse PFS and OS. Cetuximab resistance induced by HGF was mediated by AKT and ERK activation and overcome by MET inhibition in vitro.PMID:34853888 | DOI:10.1007/s00432-021-03872-4
Source: Clinical Colorectal Cancer - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Source Type: research
J Soc Work End Life Palliat Care. 2021 Oct-Dec;17(4):245. doi: 10.1080/15524256.2021.1990821.NO ABSTRACTPMID:34854372 | DOI:10.1080/15524256.2021.1990821
Source: Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Source Type: research
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