Palliative medicine specialist Laura Shoemaker, DO, believes that it’s key for physicians to begin a difficult conversation by finding out what the patient knows about their condition. “Ask what they’ve been told and what their understanding of that is. Find out what’s most important to them.”
Cleveland Clinic Chair of Palliative and Supportive Care Laura Shoemaker, DO, addresses common barriers to palliative care for patients with cancer.
Evidence shows that nausea and vomiting in the palliative care setting are best addressed by focusing on uncovering the underlying cause of the patient’s symptoms.
A palliative medicine physician decided to get a pet pig to balance her emotionally draining job with some fun and silliness. She never predicted what it would end up doing for her dying patients.
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Mona Gupta, MD, is leading a collaborative effort to implement palliative care programs in India and other developing nations.
Cleveland Clinic’s Palliative & Supportive Oncology uses a protocol to help address patient’s emotions when communicating a difficult diagnosis.