CAPC Presents: David’s Palliative Care Story
David, a devoted family man, is a colorectal cancer survivor who suffered from complications as a result of his treatment. After repeated visits to the emergency room to deal with the pain, David asked for palliative care. His primary goal was to remain at home to enjoy quality time with his family. David’s palliative care team helps manage his pain but also provides psycho-social support for him and his family. Thanks to his palliative care treatment, David is now able to enjoy life at home as he continues his recovery.
Hear from David as well as members of the palliative care team treating him and his family.
Become a CAPC Member in 2014 and Save for Two Years
There are only two months left in 2014. If you become a CAPC member organization in 2014, you will save for two years. In 2015, we will be expanding our tools, training, metrics and technical assistance. As your partner, we want to make sure you never have to reinvent the wheel.
CAPC member institutions will have unlimited access to CAPC tools, training and hands-on technical assistance to help you successfully achieve these goals and implement palliative care principles and practices throughout your organization. One membership fee will cover the cost for your entire institution. Membership is geared to both established palliative care programs and start-ups, as well as all frontline clinicians. Click here for more information and a full list of membership benefits. To learn more about the benefits of membership, please call 212-201-2674.
Data/Experts Say Palliative Care is in High Demand
According to results of the recently released National Palliative Care Registry™ Survey, the prevalence of palliative care in U.S. hospitals with 50 beds or more has nearly tripled since 2000, reaching 61 percent of all hospitals of this size. The number of people served by palliative care programs in the United States has also tripled, due to the increase in the absolute number of programs and their ability to care for a greater number of people living with serious illness.
“What this undeniable growth means for people with serious illness is that wherever they are in the country, in whatever setting they are in, they have access to the added layer of support they need to improve their quality of life and ensure that their families are well cared for,” said Sean Morrison, MD, Director of the National Palliative Care Research Center in a recent video about the future of palliative care.
In this video, Stephen Berns, MD, Asst. Professor of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, says he and his colleagues are seeing a positive change within their institutions as well, with more primary care physicians taking notice of the benefits this specialty has to offer.
Despite this growth however the data shows that insufficient staffing continues to present a barrier to reaching patients in need. Diane Meier, MD, Director of CAPC, says that in addition to limitations on workforce capacity, lack of understanding of the importance of concurrent palliative care services continues to serve as a barrier.
“Improving access to palliative care for all seriously ill people requires that every clinician have basic skills in pain and symptom management and in communication about what is most important to patients and their families,” says Dr. Meier. To view the entire survey summary, click here.
Help Keep Our Public Awareness Efforts Going!
As CAPC continues its educational efforts to increase the public’s understanding of palliative care, you have an opportunity to help spread the word to your organizations and institutions. For starters, visit our consumer YouTube page to view a series of videos that highlight the world of palliative care through the perspectives of patients, their family members and palliative care specialists of all disciplines. CAPC also recently released a video animation that defines and explains what palliative care is and how it supports people facing serious illness.
— Get Palliative Care (@GetPalliative) October 31, 2014
You are also encouraged to share our series of informative icons geared towards educating the public of this growing medical specialty. CAPC will be highlighting these tools on its Facebook and Twitter feeds throughout the coming months. Watch this video featuring Diane E. Meier, MD on how you can help spread the word about palliative care.
Palliative Care Quote Book
Hear what experts from the field are saying about palliative care
In the first installment of our palliative care quote book, Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Practitioner, Margaret Farrar-Laco of Akron Children’s Hospital, discusses how palliative care respects the choices of patients and families at all costs, and how empowering patients makes her profession a rewarding one.
Follow CAPC’s Facebook page and Twitter page for up-to-the-minute news, palliative care research findings, original videos and more! Subscribe to CAPC’s new podcast channel to listen to stories that cover pertinent palliative care issues.