I’ve enjoyed writing and stories my whole life, but until recently, didn’t think that I had the talent or the time to commit to doing serious creative writing. I now see that writing is both a craft and an art, one that takes time and one that leads you into learning what you need to know if you are open to the process. I’m excited by the potential of using stories to influence people and culture. As my research and clinical career has veered further from traditional paths, I’m seeing the limitations of the academic medical paradigm in taking an observation to move standards of care. There are certain problems where doing research and publishing scientific manuscripts is absolutely essential, and the quickest way towards change. However, there are other situations–for example, helping both doctors and patients to drop the restrictions of their roles to have more meaningful and healing conversations–that may be best approached directly through the power of words, ideas, stories and metaphors.
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This comprehensive guide thoroughly covers all aspects of neuropalliative care, from symptom-specific considerations, to improving communication between clinicians, patients and families. Neuropalliative Care: A Guide to Improving the Lives of Patients and Families Affected by Neurologic Disease addresses clinical considerations for diseases such as dementia, multiple sclerosis, and severe acute brain injury, as well discussing the other challenges facing palliative care patients that are not currently sufficiently met under current models of care. This includes methods of effective communication, supporting the caregiver, how to make difficult treatment decisions in the face of uncertainty, managing grief, guilt and anger, and treating the pain itself. Written by leaders in the field of neuropalliative care, this book is an exceptional, well-rounded resource of neuropalliative care, serving as a reference for all clinicians caring for patients with neurological disease and their families: neurologists and palliative care specialists, physicians, nurses, chaplains, social workers, as well as trainees in these areas.
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Using Palliative Care Concepts to Improve Self-Management of Your Health: Introduction to the Series
Palliative care has been called the best kept secret in medicine because it is both extremely valuable to almost all people with serious illness and very underused. It is also frequently misunderstood, even by healthcare professionals, which leads to it being employed very late in people’s illness, if at all, and often only when all […]
In our last blog I introduced the 4 Attributes (See like a skeptic, Think like a scientist, Talk like a doctor, Stand like a hero) as a framework to develop a bulletproof (or BS-proof) identity as a BS Master. In this blog we’ll expand on this framework to discuss the 3 core resources you will […]
As I’ve been thinking and writing about dangerous and expensive BS in healthcare, I’ve come to see that the skills and attitudes necessary to protect yourself and your family fall into four dimensions. See like a skeptic: The first step is to change the way you see the world of healthcare and healthcare products. Once […]