Assessment and Management of Delirium — Pauline Lesage, MD

March 10, 2016

The purpose of this podcast is to review the epidemiology, etiology, clinical features, and management of delirium in the palliative care setting.

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Opioid Therapy in the Medically Ill: Side Effect Management — Ebtesam Ahmed, PharmD

March 10, 2016

The purpose of this podcast is to discuss strategies to minimize adverse effects of opioids, such as dose reduction, symptomatic management, opioid rotation, and changing the route of administration, in patients who receive opioid analgesics for pain management. 

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Grief and Bereavement — Alessandra Strada, PhD

March 10, 2016

The purpose of this podcast is to enable learners to increase their knowledge of the types of grief, and the assessment and management of grief and bereavement in order to provide better care to patients and their families. 

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Assessment and Management of Dyspnea in Advanced Illness — Pauline Lesage, MD

March 10, 2016

The purpose of this podcast is to enable the learner to describe the complexity of dyspnea in the setting of advanced disease and the ways in which clinicians can remediate this frequent symptom.

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Recognition and Management of the Imminently Dying — Russell K. Portenoy, MD

March 10, 2016

Care of the imminently dying patient is a “best practice” of specialist-level palliative care. This podcast describes the physiological changes that occur in the period prior to, and during, active dying; clinically useful indicators and measures for predicting imminent dying; and clinical strategies that are important in the management of patients at the end of life. 

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Management of Anorexia/Cachexia — Ebtesam Ahmed, PharmD

March 10, 2016

Cachexia is a complex metabolic syndrome associated with underlying illness and characterized by loss of muscle with or without loss of fat mass. The purpose of this podcast is to discuss the clinical features, assessment, and management of anorexia/cachexia in palliative care patients with advanced life-threatening illness.

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Music Therapy Strategies for Symptom Management — Lucanne Magill, DA, LCAT, MT-BC

March 10, 2016

The purpose of this podcast is to inform you about the use of music therapy strategies to assist in the treatment and management of symptoms.

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Understanding Existential Distress and Meaning-Oriented Therapies in Patients with Advanced Illness — E. Alessandra Strada, PhD

February 22, 2016

The purpose of this podcast is to explore the constructs of existential distress and meaning in advanced illness. Elements of existential psychology and psychotherapy will be reviewed to facilitate an understanding of the topic.

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Assessment and Management of Anxiety and Depression in Advanced Illness — E. Alessandra Strada, PhD

February 11, 2016

The purpose of this podcast is to review the clinical manifestation of anxiety and depression in patients with serious and advanced illness across the continuum of care, including assessment, differential diagnosis, and treatment planning.

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Pain Assessment and Cultural Diversity — Lara Dhingra, PhD

December 31, 2015

The goal of this presentation is to provide a better understanding of culture-specific factors and their impact on pain experience to guide pain assessment, and to highlight strategies for pain measurement in diverse populations with advanced medical illness. 

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