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Dementia Specific Advance Directive: Podcast with Barak Gaster

6/13/2018
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In this weeks GeriPal podcast, we interview Dr. Barak Gaster, Professor of Medicine and General Internist at the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Gaster felt like there was hole in the advance directives landscape around future planning for people with dementia. People with dementia experience a fairly common set of complications and decisions around feeding, loss of independence, and loss of ability to make complex decisions. His dementia specific advance directive has specific...

Duration:00:35:30

A Social Worker Led Palliative Care Intervention in Heart Failure: An Interview with Arden O'Donnell

6/5/2018
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Can routine initiation of goals of care discussions by a palliative care social worker improve prognostic understanding, elicit advanced care preferences, and influence care plans for high-risk patients discharged after a heart failure hospitalization? That is the question we attempt to answer with this weeks podcast guest, Arden E. O’Donnell.

Duration:00:39:29

NEJM Family-Support Intervention Trail, Breakthrough or Bust? Podcast with Doug White

6/1/2018
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This week's guest is Doug White, Professor of Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and lead author of a randomized controlled study of a nurse-led intervention to provide emotional support to families of seriously ill patients in the ICU and improve the quality of communication, published in the NEJM.

Duration:00:35:06

How do patients decide whether or not to initiate dialysis? An Interview with Keren Ladin

5/21/2018
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How do patients come to the decision regarding whether or not to initiate dialysis? Well, that is the question that we talk about with Keren Ladin on this week's podcast. Keren is a social science researcher, bioethicist, and assistant professor in the department of Occupational Therapy at Tufts. What becomes clear when you look at Keren's research is the for many patients, there isn't a decision that is made.

Duration:00:33:10

Melissa Wachterman Podcast: Dialysis and Hospice

5/16/2018
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This week, Eric and I talked with Melissa Wachterman, a physician researcher from the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School. Melissa used a national dataset of people receiving hemodialysis linked to Medicare claims for older adults who died.

Duration:00:32:36

Communicating with Home Health: Podcast with Cynthia Boyd

5/2/2018
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In this week's GeriPal podcast we talk with Cynthia Boyd, Professor of Medicine and Geriatrician at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine about how physicians communicate with home health agencies. Home health plays a critical role in caring for persons residing at home, and in the best of circumstances extend a seamless network of care from the primary care physician's office to the home. Sadly, reality is not so rosy. The major form of communication between physicians and home...

Duration:00:30:43

Is Suicide Ever Rational? A Podcast with Meera Balasubramaniam

4/26/2018
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There is a lot of discussion about the right to die. Although most of these have to do with Physician Assisted Death (PAD). What about in those who are not dying but express a dire to end their lives in the absence of a diagnosable mental illness? Do they have the same right? Well, on today's podcast we are going to step into this tricky topic with our guest, Dr. Meera Balasubramaniam, a Geriatric Psychiatrist from NYU. Meera wrote a paper for JAGS titled "Rational Suicide in Elderly...

Duration:00:31:40

Integrating Palliative Care In The Emergency Department With David Wang

4/17/2018
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In this weeks podcast we talked with David Wang about how palliative care can join forces with the emergency department to improve care for the serious ill. This conversation was motivated in part by a recent expert consensus statement on key knowledge and skills standards about hospice and palliative medicine for emergency medicine providers. What should the core training be? How do emergency providers feel about palliative care? How can palliative care services that are typically...

Duration:00:33:24

Elder Abuse and the Role of Emergency Medical Services (#EMS)

4/2/2018
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On todays podcast, we will be talking with Brooke Namboodri and we have Tim Platts-Mills from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill about their new article in the Journal of American Geriatric Society (JAGS) on "Elder abuse identification in the prehospital setting, an examination of state EMS protocols." We talk with Brooke and Tim about the state of EMS protocols in the US and how often the mention elder abuse in them (spoiler alert: not very often), how this compares to...

Duration:00:28:56

After intubation in the ED, 33% die in hospital: GeriPal Podcast with Kei Ouchi

3/28/2018
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In this weeks GeriPal/JAGS Podcast we talked witk Kei Ouchi, an emergency medicine physician, internist, and researcher at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. We recorded this podcast in the hallways of the annual meeting. We talked about outcomes following intubation in the emergency department. Kei published a paper in JAGS that is notable for several things, but perhaps most of all for the innovative use of color imagery to convey a message. The image...

Duration:00:21:14

Good Death Podcast

3/13/2018
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On this week's podcast, we talk with the authors of a Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (JAGS) article titled Should We Bury “The Good Death"? As luck may have it, one of the authors is co-host Alex Smith, and the other is a leader in geriatrics and palliative care, VJ Periyakoil. Alex and VJ's critique of the ‘good death’ was published alongside a paired commentary from Age and Ageing from the British Geriatrics Society.

Duration:00:33:13

Tim Quill on voluntary stopping eating and drinking

2/26/2018
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For this week's GeriPal podcast we are honored to be joined by Tim Quill, palliative care physician and bioethicist from the University of Rochester, New York. Dr. Quill has pushed our nation to seriously grapple with the issue of physician aid in dying with a remarkably thoughtful and measured approach. We talk with Dr. Quill on this podcast about voluntary stopping eating and drinking, and a paper on this topic he recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine. As noted in the podcast, I...

Duration:00:34:50

Hypoglycemia in Hospice: A Podcast with Laura Petrillo

2/20/2018
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For this weeks podcast, we talk with Laura Petrillo, lead author of a recent paper published in JAMA IM titled “Hypoglycemia in Hospice Patients With Type 2 Diabetes in a National Sample of Nursing Homes”. Laura is a palliative care physician and researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Laura's finding should serve as a wakeup call for anyone caring for individuals on hospice living in nursing homes. They found that 1 in 9 nursing home patients with type 2...

Duration:00:26:15

Palliative care in nursing homes: Podcast with Caroline Stephens

2/7/2018
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Many in palliative care (including us) have argued that the default care model in nursing homes should be a palliative approach. Revealing indeed, therefore, to talk with nurse researcher Caroline Stephens about her publication in JAGS where she studied palliative care-eligibility and POLST completion for nearly 200 residents of 3 San Francisco area nursing homes, finding: 70% of nursing home residents were palliative care-eligible, but other than 2 patients on hospice, none were receiving...

Duration:00:28:23

Do proton pump inhibitors cause dementia?

2/2/2018
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Proton pump inhibitors are one of the most widely used medications. As I note in the podcast below, I was in my local drug store the other day, and an entire shelf segment, top to bottom, was filled with medications for "heartburn," and most of them were proton pump inhibitors. And those are just the over the counter variety. So wouldn't it be a public health disaster if proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, increased a persons risk for dementia? Even if the increase in dementia risk is only...

Duration:00:23:46

Preparing for the 4th Quarter - An Interview with Lee Lindquist

1/30/2018
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Today we have Lee Lindquist with us on the GeriPal podcast to talk about planning for the "4th quarter" of life. Dr. Lindquist is a geriatrician and chief of geriatrics at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. Dr. Lindquist developed a website called PlanYourLifespan.org to help older adults create strategies for dealing with health crises, such as hospitalization, a serious fall, and dementia. Using the website, older adults can...

Duration:00:28:44

Palliative Care, Chronic Pain, and the Opioid Epidemic: GeriPal Podcast with Jessie Merlin

12/5/2017
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In this week's GeriPal podcast, we talk with Jessie Merlin, Palliative Care Faculty at the University of Pittsburgh, who is addressing another important aspect of this issue: the role of palliative care in chronic pain. We disucss issues such as: - Do outpatient palliative care providers see patients with chronic pain currently? (please take this survey to help Jessie figure this out!) - Should palliative care fellowship training include management of chronic pain? - Is there really a...

Duration:00:41:23

Tom Gill on Distressing Symptoms, Disability, and Hospice

11/22/2017
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In this week's GeriPal Podcast, sponsored also by the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, we talk with Tom Gill, MD, Professor of Medicine at Yale. With guest co-host Dan Matlock, MD, from the University of Colorado, we talk with Tom about his recent JAGS publication on the relationship between distressing symptoms, disability, and hospice enrollment. Tom conducted this study in a long running cohort of older adults that has made a number of outstanding contributions to the GeriPal...

Duration:00:21:50

Implicit Bias and Its Impact in Geriatrics, Hospice and Palliative Care

10/27/2017
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On this week's podcast, we have invited Dr. Kimberly Curseen to talk about how implicit bias influences us as providers in geriatrics, hospice, and palliative care. Kimberly Curseen, M.D. is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at Emory School of Medicine and Director of Outpatient Supportive/Palliative Care, Emory Healthcare.

Duration:00:38:23

Gretchen Schwarze on Using Scenario Planning to Facilitate Informed Decision Making

10/10/2017
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On this GeriPal podcast we discuss the value of "scenario planning" in informed decision making with Gretchen Schwarze, Associate Professor in the Division of Vascular Surgery at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Schwarze is a board-certified vascular surgeon and medical ethicist who recently wrote an article on this subject in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). Scenario planning comes from the economics literature, but Dr. Schwarze advocates for its use in medicine, giving...

Duration:00:34:10