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  • Dec 15, 2020

    Covid-19 has irretrievably changed our world. One of the harshest consequences has been the way patients are separated from other people.  Electronic devices can offer a possible and sometimes powerful way for a patient to connect with others…

  • Sep 18, 2020

    There is no question that all kinds of people become ill, and some are more pleasant to care for than others. Yet when we use labels like “difficult” or “manipulative” or “demanding” it may weaken our ability to be a healer. We may…

  • Aug 5, 2020

    In a Harvard Business Review article entitled, Managing the Hopes of Seriously Ill Patients, Brad Stuart describes a toolkit for managing hope.
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  • Jul 30, 2020

    How do you hope when you cannot “get your life back?” Does one have to give up hope to receive palliative care?

  • May 27, 2020

    The Covid19 pandemic has caused all of us to live with uncertainty. For a person living with serious illness, daily uncertainty can cause distress and despair. One day the symptoms are under control in the morning and then fly out of control that…

  • Mar 26, 2020

    Humans are social. As we age we tend to spend more time alone than we did when were younger. Serious illness can add to isolation as reduced energy and the burden of symptoms decrease tolerance for socializing.…

  • Feb 19, 2020

    Leaders play a large role in organizational culture and act symbolically; what leaders pay attention to signals what is most important to the organization members. For example, when leaders bestow perks on certain roles and not others, it sends a…

  • Jan 10, 2020

    Organizational culture is driven by the beliefs that are beneath the surface. It may be difficult to identify those beliefs because they are “just the way things are.” One example is how health care teams may think about the progression of…

  • Dec 4, 2019

    Ms. P was recently given a challenging diagnosis: loneliness.

    Our home-based palliative care team has been seeing her for nearly a year. Since then, we have helped her navigate the turbulent waters of a cancer diagnosis. At our routine…

  • Nov 20, 2019

    Organizational culture is a little bit like air, we all know it is there but it can be difficult to actually see. Here is one definition:

    Organizational culture is defined as the underlying beliefs,…