Thursday, March 13, 2008

About Us

Founded: April 11, 2008

We are glad you found us and hope you enjoy the information and commentary we provide. If you are here we presume you have a basic understanding of the field of hospice and palliative care, and are likely part of the professional field. (Here is a good description of palliative care if it is a new concept for you.)  If you are members of the general public or media, you are also welcome to ask questions and see what challenges are faced daily by members of this professional community.

Pallimed: Case Conferences is a companion blog to Pallimed: A Hospice and Palliative Medicine Blog. Some readers have asked that Pallimed include cases for discussion of difficult and interesting situations in palliative medicine. We agree this is an important way to learn and decided to include it as a separate blog since it might appeal to a particular subset of readers. Unless otherwise indicated The cases presented have been reformatted with permission from David Barnard, JD, PhD from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Institute to Enhance Palliative Care.

Our target audience is the professionals (MD, DO, RN, LPN, LVN, Home Health Aide, ARNP, SW, Chaplain, Administrators, PT, OT, Speech, Pharmacy, etc.) working in hospice and palliative care, but we welcome all readers to this blog, including patients, families and other medical professionals outside of this field.

Our goal is to review current palliative medicine, hospice, end-of-life cases. On the main blog we highlight research and important events in end-of-life care from the news media and entertainment arenas. Pallimed: Case Conferences is not intended to replace the patient-physician relationship.

(Updated March 2011)

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