Professional Decision-Making in Medicine: Development of a new measure and preliminary evidence of validity

This study developed a new Professional Decision-Making in Medicine Measure that assesses the use of effective decision-making strategies: seek help, manage emotions, recognize consequences and rules, and test assumptions and motives. The aim was to develop a content valid measure and obtain initial evidence for construct validity so that the measure could be used in […]

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 […]