News articles, blogs, and more about palliative care in general, and Stanford Palliative Care
November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month | Lane Library Blog
Throughout the month of November, Lane Library is joining Stanford Palliative Care Center of Excellence and organizations across the nation to raise awareness of the benefits of palliative care.
Letter to the Editor: Palliative Care is About How You Live
Mercury News Letter to the Editor written by Stanford Palliative Care Health Education team members, Claire Bleymaier, RN, MPH, and Grant Smith, MD for November 6, 2020
Palliative Care Focuses on People, Not Medical Conditions
An explanation of palliative care in Santa Clara County's Public Authority Services newsletter, written by Dr. Grant Smith, Stanford palliative care physician. This newsletter goes out to recipients of In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS).
During a typical day in my clinic, I will see patients who are newly diagnosed, getting treatments to cure their illness, and getting treatments that may not cure them but can help them live longer with fewer symptoms.
I wish I had reached out to palliative care sooner in my diagnosis, but at least I know they are still available for assistance after my treatment ends.
Message to family caregivers: There's help, even during COVID-19 - Scope
Experts from the Stanford Caregiver Center offer help for people doing the sometimes overwhelming work of caring for ill or vulnerable loved ones.
Caregivers' concerns have shifted to reflect life in the pandemic, with more questions about how to avoid a rehabilitation center stay after being hospitalized, for example, or how to prepare for family caregiving at home. When possible, the center connects caregivers to organizations that can help.
Colleen Vega, RN, MS, CNS, CEN, ACPHN
Palliative Care Advanced Practice Provider, Inpatient
Bright Spots from Doctoral Past, Present, & Future
Colleen Vega (RN, MS, CNS, CEN, ACPHN) is a DNP student, poised to graduate with her DNP degree in Spring of 2021. She recently shared the exciting news of being accepted to present at two upcoming conferences, and receiving the APP SHINE scholarship to apply to conference expenses.
Participating in national organizations has given me the opportunity to present on topics I enjoy.
Stanford awards inaugural Faculty Women’s Forum Awards at virtual ceremony | Stanford News
The Faculty Women’s Forum presented the Outstanding Leader Award to Jisha Menon, an associate professor of theater and performance studies, and the Outstanding Sponsor Award to Rebecca Aslakson, an associate professor of medicine and of anesthesiology.
The Faculty Women’s Forum honored Aslakson “for tangibly creating opportunities and opening doors, with bottomless energy, relentless advocacy for women trainees and enormous generosity of spirit.”
She is the best mentor I’ve had in medicine to date and clearly a very strong proponent of women’s success.
Dr. Aslakson is the textbook definition of what a good mentor should be.
Palliative care 101 | Stanford BeWell
Palliative care is often misunderstood. Simply defined, it is an interdisciplinary branch of health care that helps patients manage serious illnesses. To shed light on what palliative care is and the patients it serves, BeWell spoke with Stephanie Harman, MD, clinical section chief of palliative care in the Stanford Division of Primary Care and Population Health.
Perhaps the biggest misconception about palliative care is that it is only appropriate for patients at the end stages of an illness. However, palliative care spans the whole breadth of the diagnosis — including while patients are receiving curative treatments.
Patients often seek palliative care because symptoms like nausea, vomiting, pain and fatigue affect their ability to handle daily life. They can tell their physicians that they are interested in pursuing palliative care or physicians can recognize when a patient may benefit and refer the patient to a palliative care program. Patients can also refer themselves to a program without a doctor referral.
Advance care planning: The importance of expressing your medical wishes - Scope
Advance care planning allows people to reflect on what is important to them, and what care they'd want if they become critically ill, says Stanford physician Grant Smith.
Young people should think about this, too.
I try to think of it as something that is empowering and comforting, knowing that family members would have guidance to make decisions and that it wouldn't all be on their shoulders.
Coronavirus anxiety: How to handle fears about illness and overcrowded hospitals
Coronavirus may tax hospitals with more critically ill patients than they can handle. Ask yourself hard questions now and make end of life plans.
Questions to ask include, 'What are you most concerned about if you are facing a COVID-19 infection?' 'What are you most afraid of?'
'What is most important?' 'What if an artificial breathing machine were being considered?' 'Have you had any thoughts about care not being available?