The Human Connection of Palliative Care: Ten Steps for What To Say and Do

Dr. Diane E. Meier is Director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), a national organization devoted to increasing the number and quality of palliative care programs in the United States. In this video, Dr. Meier discusses 10 important steps in palliative care from over a decade of research. This video will serve as a valuable training tool and guide for medical professionals and their families.

Under her leadership the number of palliative care programs in U.S. hospitals has more than doubled in the last 5 years.

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  1. So beautiful, so important so helpful – not just for doctors but for we non healthcare professionals.This is what we so desperately need – a step by step path to get through this process – including articulating that it IS a process, to be sensitive to, aware of, non verbal. Thank you Dr Meier, you are truly a gift. I feel incredibly luck to have 'found you' on twitter.

  2. Thank you so much. This is really helpful. As a medical health profession, I have to deal with many patients going through their terminal illness. Thank you very very much.

  3. This lay end-of-life author would respectfully suggest that clinicians consider conducting the meeting with stethoscopes draped but without white coats. The picture I see is segmented and regimented despite the excellent framework for conducting the conversation.

  4. Very good video.  I have experienced medical personnel raising the issue of hospice care and/or palliative care far before I even considered that I might die from my illnesses.  Now I'm comfortable discussing, listening, learning and making end-of-life decisions.

  5. We are start up company looking to provide Palliative are and patient care services in Uganda, am recommending this video for our care aides and Doctor.

  6. Great Video. Simple, concise, and informative. I would love to know more about how other positions within a palliative care team (those other than doctors) fit into the treatment of individuals facing serious or chronic illness. I would be interested in hearing about the roles social workers, nurses, pharmacists, and chaplains can play within palliative care. Links to further resources appreciated.

  7. How can we help people to achieve what give their life meaning? A good partnership and acceptance that people are the captain on their ships of their life, and compassion that acting on behalf of other's welfare can possibly get us to be effective on the helping role.

  8. Not all palliative care patients have cancer! When will this issue be addressed? Many of us have serious, degenerative, chronic conditions that can no longer be handled by pain management. We were born with these conditions: Ehlers-danlos Syndrome, Chiari Malformation, and many other illnesses. Our pain is just as great as a cancer patients, but we're denied care! Why???

  9. Dr. Meier, I'm a chaplain who heard your wisdom, guidance, passion for palliative care at the last CAPC conference and continues to be led and inspired by you. So often I go back to read my notes from your talks, I'm so very thankful for your life's work.

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