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2009-02-12 19:08:29

Black and Asian-American families use U.S. hospice care less than whites or Hispanics, researchers said. The study, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, found black patients 9 percent less likely than others to enroll in a hospice program, while Asian-Americans were 24 percent less likely to do so. Blacks were 26 percent and Asian Americans were 17 percent more likely to be hospitalized in the intensive care unit at least twice during their last month of life. Beth...

2009-02-06 10:09:00

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The Institute for Palliative Medicine's Fellowship Program received full accreditation from the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) -- the first accredited fellowship program in palliative medicine in San Diego. Located on the campus of San Diego Hospice, The Institute for Palliative Medicine has trained fellows since 2000 and its Fellowship Program in Palliative Medicine is known as one of the most clinically demanding programs in the...

2008-10-07 15:00:41

A nationally recognized continuing education program providing clinical training and insight into caring for African Americans at the end of life will be held Friday and Saturday, October 24 and 25, 2008, at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, North Campus, JC Penney Conference Center, 8001 Natural Bridge Rd. Designed for those working with African American patients and families facing serious illness in hospitals, hospices, outpatient clinics, nursing homes and office-based settings,...

2008-10-02 12:06:58

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y., Oct. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- There has been rapid growth of new, innovative palliative care consultation services in the nation's hospitals. More than half of the 50-bed or larger hospitals in the U.S. offer palliative care services to ease pain and suffering for seriously ill patients and their families. However, the availability of these services varies widely across geographic regions, according to a study published in the October 2008 issue of the peer-reviewed, Journal of...

2008-10-02 12:06:58

To: NATIONAL EDITORS Contact: Erin Libit, +1-202-261-2883 (work), +1-202-361-6101 (cell), erin.libit@mslpr.com, for the Center to Advance Palliative Care NEW YORK,Oct. 2/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- America does a mediocre job caring for its sickest people. The nation, says a new report, gets a C. Palliative care programs make patients facing serious and chronic illness more comfortable by alleviating their pain and symptoms and counseling patients and their families. Only Vermont,...

2008-09-15 18:00:37

By Emma Brady A Birmingham medic has criticised the clinical community for not placing enough importance on palliative care, despite the recent introduction of the Government's End of Life Strategy. Dr Steve Plenderleith believes medical students are not encouraged to spend time with patients suffering from terminal or long-term conditions, and as a result "have little or no experience of patient death". Palliative care is treatment given to alleviate symptoms or pain of a life-long...

2008-09-08 18:00:38

A new study finds hospitals can save more than $300 a day per seriously ill patient while giving them even better care. The Archives of Internal Medicine will publish the study by the Center to Advance Palliative Care and National Palliative Care Research Center in its September 8 issue. With the aging of the population, especially the baby boomers, hospitals are caring for an increasing number of patients with advanced illnesses, such as cancer, heart disease and kidney failure....

2008-09-04 09:00:48

NEW YORK, Sept. 4, 2008 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- All Global, a leading international healthcare data collection agency, announces the launch of its new Palliative Care Panel for marketing research. Palliative care is an emerging therapy area with specialists and healthcare professionals working in oncology, heart, lung and renal disease, HIV/AIDs, dementia and other neuro-degenerative diseases. The new panel provides unique access to more than 18,000 physicians, nurses, pharmacists and healthcare...

2008-09-03 12:00:33

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Greater Philadelphia announces the appointment of Deborah Way, MD, as medical director of its Hospice of Philadelphia. VNA's Hospice of Philadelphia provides hospice care for both adult and pediatric patients living in the Greater Philadelphia region. "Dr. Way's expertise serves to enhance the excellent level of care Hospice of Philadelphia provides," said Stephen Holt, president and CEO of VNA. "We consider...

2008-08-08 15:00:55

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and National Hospice Foundation honor the recipients of the 2008 Circle of Life Award(R). This prestigious award celebrates innovation in end-of-life care and highlights programs that demonstrate superior vision, depth, and scope. Award recipients were announced July 25 at the American Hospital Association's annual summit in San Diego. This year's Award winners are: -- Pain and Palliative...