• Pathways to Palliative Care….Harri Brackett, RN, MS, CNS, ACHPN

    Mar 15, 2018 by Harri Brackett, RN, MS, CNS, ACHPN
    The CUPallCARE blog is starting a new series called “Pathways to Palliative Care”. We have all found our way to End-of-Life care and what we do for our patients is fascinating but just as interesting is how we all got here. In this new series we are encouraging all Palliative Care professionals to share their “pathway to palliative care”. What were your challenges, obstacles and lessons learned along the way?
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  • Talking about spirituality doesn’t have to be difficult

    Mar 6, 2018 by Kelly Arora, PhD
    Every aspect of the person is affected by serious and life-limiting illness. This is also true for family members who care for their loved ones in times of illness. Healthcare providers are typically comfortable addressing physical, mental, and emotional aspects of illness, but addressing the spiritual dimension still raises anxiety levels for many providers who don’t feel they are equipped to talk about spirituality with patients or their families. But talking about spirituality doesn’t have to be difficult.
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  • Coloring Outside the Lines

    Feb 13, 2018 by F. Amos Bailey, MD
    I have been struggling to put in words what is most important to teach in palliative care. It is important to teach facts, such as 30 mg of morphine by mouth is equal to 10 mg of morphine IV. This is a useful fact that makes it possible to convert one form of medication to another.
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  • PA Hospice Bill # 1284. It’s about time!

    Feb 21, 2018 by Judy Knudson, PA
    Beginning on January 1, 2019, Physician Assistants can begin billing for their services and join hospice providers to care for our dying. In the early morning hours of February 9, 2018, the Medicare Patient Access to Hospice Act HR 1284 was signed, allowing PAs to be reimbursed for their services caring for hospice patients. [Collective sigh]…..It’s about time!
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  • What to Say When Someone is Dying

    Feb 6, 2018 by Robert Davidson
    Jill Smolowe wrote a compelling article in Next Avenue, a health awareness online resource in its June 21, 2016, edition, with this tantalizing title: What to Say When Someone is Dying.
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  • Improving Palliative Care Outcomes for Latinos

    Jan 30, 2018 by Danielle Kline
    For the last four years, I served as a project manager for Drs. Stacy Fischer and Regina Fink’s American Cancer Society funded study that focused on improving palliative care outcomes for Latinos with advanced cancer. The randomized control trial used lay bilingual, bicultural patient navigators to deliver a culturally-tailored intervention to Latino patients with stage III or IV cancer.
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  • Case of the DNR tattoo

    Jan 22, 2018 by Jean Abbott, MD
    It’s been quite a while since an end-of-life issue has caused such a buzz in the medical world or in the public conversation. Everybody from the New York Times to NPR and other news outlets have shown the image of the chest tattoo on a very ill patient presenting to an ER in Florida with alcohol on his breath, unconscious, with severe COPD and multiple other medical problems.
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  • Soul Pain

    Jan 9, 2018 by F. Amos Bailey, MD
    Summit for Soldiers (SOS) is a program put on by NOLS (National Outdoors Leadership School) in Landers, Wyoming. This is one of the many programs that have been developed to support the re-integration of military Veterans into civilian life. Mike Filman, a NOLS graduate and US Marine (retired) founded SOS to provide community for Veterans in part in response to the alarming rate of emotional and spiritual distress evidenced by depression, substance use disorder and tragically over 8000 suicides a year.
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  • The Great Escape

    Dec 18, 2017 by F. Amos Bailey, MD
    I am old enough to remember the thrill of the movie “The Great Escape.” Steve McQueen and his buddies are prisoners of war attempting an escape from a Nazi prison camp. Some of them make it to safety and some do not.
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  • Alarms

    Dec 14, 2017 by F. Amos Bailey, MD
    The “Internet of Things” describes the increasing trend to connect everything through the web. You can now remotely turn on your lights, adjust the temperature or even let a delivery or service provider into your home. In addition, you will be alerted when there is a “problem”. The Internet of Things is also interested in our bodies, recording the number of steps we take, stairs we climb, heartrate, and for me when and if I meditate or exercise. It seems to take joy in sending me cheerful reminders if I don’t.
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  • Allied Health Professional Track added to CU’s iPallCARE™ Program

    Feb 14, 2017 by Justin Rowe
    On January 26, 2017 the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus’ Graduate Council approved the expansion of the interprofessional Master of Science in Palliative Care (MSPC) to include an Allied Health Professional (AHP) Track. Since its inception, the MSPC has incorporated interdisciplinary faculty and teaching modules addressing psycho-social-spiritual-ethical issues within palliative care. Expanding the student body to draw from the disciplines of social work, spiritual care, psychology, gerontology, and ethics replicates the interdisciplinary palliative care team environment in which palliative care professionals work.
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  • Top 6 Questions We Receive

    Apr 12, 2017 by Regina Fink
    It was great meeting so many interested potential Masters of Science in Palliative Care (MSPC) and the Interprofessional Palliative Care Certificate (IPCC) students at the annual Assembly of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) last week.
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  • Pharmacist Delves Into Palliative Care

    Nov 9, 2016 by Dana Brandorff
    Working for a hospice pharmacy benefit management (PBM) company in North Carolina specializing in geriatrics, Ellen Fulp, PharmD, sees a lot of patients who are dealing with life-limiting illnesses. These same folks are usually taking multiple medications.
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  • Choice Architecture

    Sep 28, 2016 by Carey Candrian and Kirsten Broadfoot
    This Wednesday, September 28, at University of Colorado Hospital, Dr. Scott D. Halpern will be giving a Grand Rounds on a topic of great interest: Changing Choice Architecture to Improve Care for Seriously Ill Patients. What is choice architecture, and why might it be of interest?
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  • A Personal Perspective That Led to Palliative Care

    Jul 14, 2016 by Melissa C Palmer, LCSW, ACHP-SW, APHSW-C, JD
    I did not come to palliative care in the usual way. Most of my colleagues saw the need from an oncology or hospice perspective. I was just a primary care nurse practitioner working away, minding my own business, in an Internal Medicine Clinic. I loved the geriatric population and chronic illness. I educated and coached, cajoled and encouraged all my patients in an effort to empower them to manage their diseases.
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  • If They Only Knew What We Know….

    Jun 13, 2016 by F. Amos Bailey, MD
    When you work with patients/families who are trying to make difficult decisions, it is easy to slip into that reverie of “If they only knew what we know…”. We think that if only then we wouldn’t have to have this difficult discussion, they could make these decisions so much easier, we would all be out of this room. If only it was that easy.
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  • Offering Comfort

    Jun 8, 2016 by Tonia Twichell
    The nation’s healthcare providers are ill-prepared for the oncoming “silver tsunami” – 75 million baby boomers entering their senior years needing individualized care and help making medical decisions, says CU professor Amos Bailey, MD.
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  • The Rural Connection

    Apr 25, 2016 by Regina Fink
    Palliative care services are often lacking in rural settings. While I work at the University of Colorado on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, I live in rural Colorado and see this in everyday life. That is why I am supportive of improving education about palliative care to community providers.
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  • Become a Palliative Care Community Specialist

    Mar 31, 2016 by F. Amos Bailey, MD
    The Master of Science in Palliative Care prepares physicians, nurses, physician assistants, and pharmacists to be Palliative Care Community Specialists.
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  • Palliative Care Education – Why Now?

    Mar 22, 2016 by Regina Fink
    Hi there, I am Regina Fink, one of the nursing co-directors of the new interprofessional Master of Science in Palliative Care Program (MSPC) at the University of Colorado. We are on an exciting journey – offering state-of-the-art palliative care education to working health care providers. We have also developed a Palliative Care Certificate program consisting of four courses that can get you started in palliative care and help you prepare for palliative care nursing certification.
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