Easing the Trauma of Terminal Illness

Something was gnawing at Manish Agrawal, MD. Every day, the oncologist treated patients with standard cancer therapies, but his care could never touch their deepest pains: their despair about death. “In 20 years, I’ve treated close to 100,000 patients,” Agrawal says, “and the one thing I know we don’t do well is dying.” Hospitalist Shoshana … Read more

Spiritual Interventions Improve QOL, Outcomes in HF

A new review suggests that spirituality can have a positive impact on quality of life (QOL) in patients with heart failure (HF), and that it should be considered a potential target for palliative care interventions. In their review, researchers found 47 studies supporting the role of a spiritual outcomes in improving QOL and patient intervention, … Read more

New Guidance on Palliative Care for Neurologic Disorders

The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) has released new expert guidance on palliative care for patients with stroke, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurologic disorders. Palliative care includes much more than hospice services, lead author of the new position statement Lynne P. Taylor, MD, University of Washington, Seattle, and a fellow of the AAN, said … Read more