Diane Meier of the Center to Advance Palliative Care Talks About Goals of Treatment Approach

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In part one of a two-part conversation with California Healthline, Diane Meier -- professor of geriatrics and palliative medicine at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care -- said that palliative care focuses on relieving symptoms and stress for patients with serious illnesses.

Meier noted that palliative medicine includes hospice care and end-of-life care, but also can provide support for other types of patients with critical illnesses.

According to Meier, it is important for patients, families and physicians to understand that many of the patients who could benefit from palliative care are not at the end of their life (California Healthline, 7/26).

The complete transcript of this report is available as a PDF. The second part of the report will be available Wednesday, August 1.
Monica Donegan
Hello! I am a medical professional (P.A. and R.N.) now living in northern Idaho, who has case management experience. I managed/ coordinated the care of many end-stage chronically ill patients for a medicare C (HMO)plan. It became painfully aware of the inadequacies of our medical systemss in offering concerted care to "pre"-hospice patients, which would result in better stability, quality of life AND a cost savings. I have hit a block wall in trying to get my smallish community hospital to design and implement a palliative care program, but was told it is a couple of years away still. I have some progressive ideas regarding the management of endstage chronically ill patients, but have no one here to discuss this with. Any palliative care in this area is fragmented into a few private home health companies that have entered or are trying to enter this field. I would love to talk with/e-mail Dr. Meier! Thank you! Monica 208-660-9260

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