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Serious Illness Conversation Guide: Podcast with Rachelle Bernacki and Jo Paladino

Today's podcast is something special.  First it was our first live podcast at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA). Second, we had the opportunity to talk with Rachelle Bernacki and Jo Paladino on two articles that came out today in two JAMA journals on the Serious Illness Care Program:
Effect of the Serious Illness Care Program in Outpatient Oncology: A Cluster Randomized Clinical Trial . JAMA Intern Med.Evaluating an Intervention to Improve Communication Between Oncology Clinicians and Patients With Life-Limiting Cancer:  A Cluster Randomized Clinical Trial of the Serious Illness Care Program. JAMA Oncology.   The Serious Illness Care Program described in these publications is a quality-improvement intervention designed to enhance communication between oncology clinicians and patients with advanced cancer improve goal-concordant care, peacefulness, therapeutic alliance, an…

GeriPal Podcasting Guide for Geriatrics, Hospice, and Palliative Care

We are gearing up for the live broadcast of the GeriPal Podcast at the AAHPM / HPNA Annual meeting on Thursday March 14th at 1:30 PM in the Windemere Ballroom.  Our session is broken up into two parts:

First, we will discuss the importance podcasts play in many of our daily lives, and the value it has in promoting hospice and palliative care.  We will then describe the steps needed to create ones own hospice and palliative care podcast, drilling down to the nuts and bolts including recording equipment and software, conducting live and remote interviews, and how to prepare in advance before recording.   In the second portion of the session, we will conduct a live Podcast on a cutting edge published paper.   We are very excited to announce that we will be having Rachelle Bernacki and Jo Paladino as our live guest discussing recent outcomes of the Serious Illness Care Program.  
So join us on Thursday in person or via our live feed on the GeriPal YouTube page.   You can also download our…

Does Intensive Blood Pressure Lowering Prevent Dementia? A Podcast with Jeff Williamson

As Eric notes in the introduction, this recent study in JAMA by Jeff Williamson and colleagues led to some very contradictory headlines.  Some headlines proclaimed that lowering blood pressure prevents dementia, and others stated the opposite, that lowering blood pressure does not prevent dementia.

So what exactly did the study show?  Do these results apply to patients we commonly see in Geriatrics?  What should we make of the fact that after the trial was stopped early the blood pressures in the lower blood pressure target group rose - does this mean you can't achieve intensive blood pressure lowering "in the real world"?  

In the podcast Jeff Williamson thoughtfully responds to these and other challenging questions (primarily posed by our guest host Lauren Hunt).

What do you make of it?  

I know that learning the song Old Blue Chair by Kenny Chesney helped lower my blood pressure!

Enjoy!

-@AlexSmithMD

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GeriPal - Pallimed Swamp Crawl at #HPM19

by Christian Sinclair

The Annual Assembly of Hospice and Palliative Care is only a week away, and it is time to announce the details for the 13th Annual Pallimed-GeriPal Party!

Just so you all know from here to eternity, the answer to the question of "When is the Pallimed-GeriPal party?" is Thursday night at 9pm local time the week of the Annual Assembly of Hospice and Palliative Care (but just to be clear it is not an official part of the meeting). We love meeting other hospice and palliative care clinicians and advocates, so feel free to invite and bring any colleagues or new friends with you as this is not an exclusive crowd.

This year we will have the traditional pub crawl and returning for the second year the #hpmParty ESCAPE ROOMS!

For the pub crawl we will be starting at Cuba Libre at 9pm in the Saratoga room Thursday, March 14th. Around 10pm, we will likely be moving on to the next destination. Like always though, these are rough estimates of time, so if you want t…