Educating our future colleagues: creating an MSW palliative care practicum.

As the number of older adults and those with chronic medical conditions continues to rise, the need to train social work students in palliative and end-of-life competencies becomes critical. To address this growing need, the social work team at a large urban academic medical center in the Midwest developed an MSW concentration practicum in palliative […]

Early palliative care consultation reduces antimicrobial consumption at end of life

Early palliative care consultation may reduce antimicrobial consumption in patients at the end of life, according to recently published study findings. “Physicians often choose to continue antibiotics to improve quality of life or reduce symptom burden. However, whether these outcomes are achieved is unclear, with some studies showing no difference,” Jason P. Burnham, MD, instructor […]

White named director of Division of Palliative Medicine

Patrick White, MD

Patrick White, MD, an assistant professor of medicine, has been named director of the newly formed Division of Palliative Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The appointment was announced by Victoria J. Fraser, MD, the Adolphus Busch Professor and head of the Department of Medicine.

McClellan: Ira’s reward

St. Louis was once known for booze, shoes and baseball. Now it’s baseball, frozen custard and medicine. Our reputation in the third is largely due to the medical school at Washington University and its teaching arm — Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

Easing the final journey

He was young — still in his 40s — and facing a devastating diagnosis: congestive heart failure that would end his life too soon. Readily admitting that his own lifestyle decisions had brought him to this place, Mr. D (his name has been changed to protect his privacy) suffered from what could only be described […]

What is palliative care and how does it differ from hospice?

Patric White, Barbara Westland and Marcia Dans discuss the difference between palliative care and hospice care.

The term “palliative care” has been bandied about quite a bit as of late. But what does it mean? On Monday’s St. Louis on the Air, three people joined host Don Marsh to discuss what palliative care means and how it differs from hospice care.

How to talk about death, and why it matters

Adrienne Holden has seen hard deaths and easier deaths. Long ones and short ones. Times when the deceased left their families with precise instructions for their care and burial, and times when they did not.