Palliative Care Program Spotlight: Breaking Down Barriers with Referring Clinicians with Dr. Kristin Edwards

Interview by Dan Altano

Responsible for clinical supervision, hospital staff education, as well as metrics and measurement, Dr. Kristin Edwards, Medical Director of Palliative Care at Bridgeport Hospital, has some great advice for building lasting relationships with referring clinicians.

In this Program Spotlight, Dr. Edwards shares her successes in attracting the right referrals without overextending her staff, breaks down her lessons learned in building an outpatient palliative care business plan, and details how she’s scaling up to deliver palliative care to the patients who need it most.


  1. Betty Ditillo says:

    Wonderful interview! Palliative Care consult etiquette is somewhat unique from other consults even though certain basics hold true. Learning to finesse our consults is a skill and an art that must be paid attention to as part of the skill set that goes along with providing Palliative Care itself. It is essential to ensuring the success of a palliative care service. We should not assume that every Palliative Care provider has those unique and sometimes touchy skills. Perhaps it should be a part of formal Palliative Care curriculae. Good subject. Thank you for the focus on it.

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