The call for the 2016 AAHPM & HPNA Interactive Educational Exchange is now open from July 1-August 4, 2015. This 90-minute special session presented at the Annual Assembly will allow sharing of innovative teaching materials and methods. Professionals and trainees involved in education from all palliative care disciplines are encouraged to submit. Learn more.
Join the more than 2,400 hospice and palliative care professionals who meet once each year to gain knowledge directly from leaders in the field. Learn the latest scientific advances. Get inspired and invigorated by captivating speakers who will remind you why you chose to work in hospice and palliative care. Share best practices, ask questions and build long-lasting relationships. Registration is still open. Can't make it to San Diego? Join us virtually.
The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine is among 17 medical groups that have joined the "Choose Wisely" campaign. The campaign added 90 tests and procedures to its list of therapies that should be questioned or avoided. AAHPM contributions to the list focused on percutaneous feeding tubes in patients with advanced dementia, palliative care delays, implantable cardioverter defibrillators, palliative radiation and nausea medications.
A study in JAMA Internal Medicine found that poorer hospice patients were less likely than the wealthy to die at home. U.S. researchers said care models are needed that ensure access to high-quality end-of-life care regardless of income, and a U.K. physician commented that the "next frontier in palliative care service" is the creation of specialist teams that operate in all types of care settings.
GeriPal contributor Bree Johnston recently returned from observing palliative care teams in Scotland and found that U.K. patients list their preferred place of death on advance directive documents. That's not a common question on patient forms and in discussions in the U.S.