We've made it easy for you to hear one or more of the best sessions from the 2014 AAHPM & HPNA Annual Assembly. Learn about adolescent palliative care, how to talk about difficult emotional topics, and regulatory issues. These and other topics are now available in the AAHPM bookstore.
The application deadline for the AAHPM Developing Countries Scholarship is Sept. 30. The Scholarship is available for physicians who reside in developing countries to attend the AAHPM & HPNA Annual Assembly in San Diego, March 12 to 15. This scholarship program will provide financial support (up to $5,000) to physicians to learn the latest clinical information and research updates in hospice and palliative care from leading experts in the field. Learn more.
Journalist Ellen Goodman says Americans have been slow to realize the number of people they love who do not have the death they would choose, but change could be coming in the way people think about dying. Goodman started the Conversation Project after being overwhelmed by making end-of-life decisions for her mother. "Should she have another bone marrow biopsy? A spinal tap? Pain treatment? I was blindsided," she recalls. People need to talk with family about their preferences and not wait until a crisis.
Mild cognitive impairment in patients with early Parkinson's disease is linked to a higher risk of developing dementia, according to research from Stavanger University Hospital in Norway. The study, reported in JAMA Neurology, noted mild cognitive impairment is common in Parkinson's. Criteria for defining the condition have been laid out but are not yet validated.
Updated palliative care guidelines released at the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine's annual meeting call for certifications in major field disciplines and emphasize starting palliative services at diagnosis. The CMS is in the early stages of collecting data on hospice performance. Dr. Diane Meier, co-leader of the National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care, said clinicians can use the information to see what other hospitals are doing and make comparisons.