Based on Palliative Medicine, this site offers information related to both aging and the end-of-life, and particularly for people with incurable or life-limiting diseases.
The purpose of the information is to allow patients and families to make better decisions about their healthcare. I frequently hear from families, “If I had known ‘X’ would happen, I would have chosen ‘Y’ instead.” Many people do not realize they always have choices. The underlying premise of good healthcare is that sufficiently credible information will enable people to make more satisfying choices, especially if their goal is to live more comfortably and reduce suffering.
I hope you will find this information beneficial.
How to use this site
Topics are organized alphabetically. By clicking on Articles, you will bring up the list of all topics, as well as a sidebar of Categories: Nursing Home Care, Health Care Goals, Hospice, Nearing Death, Pain And Symptom Control, Risk And Informed Consent. Clicking on one of the categories displays a listing of the relevant articles, each with its opening paragraph for easier scanning. Clicking on a topic heading will bring up the complete article.
If you are looking for a specific topic, you can also try using the search window in the upper right corner.
If you have been to one of my Powerpoint presentations and want to review the information again, look under Presentations for the title and the date of the presentation. These slides also contain a lot of information for anyone else interested in that particular topic.
If you are weary and just want some stress-relieving humor, then click on Humor. Most of us need some of this daily.
Future Updates:The information articles (most
of which are provided by our palliative care team to patients and their families),
and the FAQ’s, etc, will be updated as new evidence becomes available; or as my
editorial perspective changes, or as my “editorial board advises”; and the date will
be noted at the bottom.