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Here are the topic questions and a sampling of the responses:
T1: What does the term "palliative care" mean to you? How do you think palliative care differs from hospice?
T1: palliative care focuses on helping patients achieve the best quality of life right up until the end of life #hpm #gyncsm— Virtual Hospice (@VirtualHospice) June 11, 2015
T2A: Have you discussed palliative care with your doctor? Who brought it up? How did it make you feel?
T2B: When in the patient's treatment do they tend to get referred to a palliative care specialist? When is ideal?
T2B: The earlier the referral can happen, the better, but often limited by resources and patient/family acceptance. #hpm #gyncsm— Merry J Markham, MD (@DrMarkham) June 11, 2015
T3: Are there medical / insurance requirements to obtaining palliative care?
My mom's insurance covered palliative care, but access was a problem in rural MN. She had to travel 4 hrs to see PC specialist. #gyncsm— Katie Hoody (@kc_hoody) June 11, 2015
T4: What do you wish you would have known about palliative care? Doc's: What do you wish your patients knew?
T4: I wish people knew how supportive hospice is of the whole family, their needs, aiding understanding and acceptance, etc. #hpm #gyncsm— Robin Martinez (@RobinSmrtPtient) June 11, 2015
T4: I wish my patients knew that using palliative care/hospice does not translate to dying sooner. I hear that too often. #hpm #gyncsm— Merry J Markham, MD (@DrMarkham) June 11, 2015
T5: For those with experience with palliative care, what were the positives / negatives?
Remember you can continue our discussion on SmartPatients. (http://gyncsm.blogspot.com/2014/10/continuing-our-chats-more-than-140.html)
We look forward to you joining us next month 9pm EST on July 8, 2015 to discuss Dealing With Anxiety.
SGO article Comprehensive Care in Gynecologic oncology: The importance of Palliative Care.
Palliative Care Fact Sheet from the NCI (@NCI).
Canadian Virtual Hospice
Main site: http://www.virtualhospice.ca/en_US/Main+Site+Navigation/Home.aspx
10 myths about Palliative Care : http://virtualhospice.ca/en_US/Main+Site+Navigation/Home/Topics/Topics/What+Is+Palliative+Care_/10+Myths+about+Palliative+Care.aspx
Get Palliative Care
Palliative Doctors American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Medline plus Palliative site
U-tube Palliative Care: YOU Are a BRIDGE