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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Palliative Sedation: Medical, Ethical, and Legal Issues — Pauline Lesage, MD

December 31, 2015

The goal of this podcast is to illustrate the complexity of palliative sedation for members of the palliative care team. Although accepted by major organizations and scholars, it remains a controversial topic. The emphasis in this presentation will be on the nuances that such a subject requires at every step.

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Family Meetings in Hospice and Palliative Care — Myra Glajchen, DSW

December 31, 2015

This presentation will describe the importance of the Family Meeting as a best practice for advance care planning and caregiver support in Hospice and Palliative Care.

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Management of Nausea and Constipation in Advanced Illness — Pauline Lesage, MD

December 31, 2015

The goal of this podcast is to review the etiology, pathophysiology, and management of nausea and constipation, two common symptoms in advanced illness. 

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Prognostication II: Improving Accuracy to Support Care and Hospice Access — Pauline Lesage, MD

December 31, 2015

The purpose of this podcast is to enable learners to increase their knowledge of the complexity of prognostication in chronic advanced illnesses other than cancer, and to enhance their ability to provide and/or refer patients to the appropriate level of care. (This is Part 2 of a 2-part series.)

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Prognostication I: Improving Accuracy to Support Care and Hospice Access for Patients with Advanced Cancer — Pauline Lesage, MD

December 31, 2015

This podcast will review multiple formulations of prognosis for patients with advanced cancer. It should contribute to enhance our ability to prognosticate in this population and refer patients to appropriate level of care.  (This is Part 1 of a 2-part series.)

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