Episode 39: Compassion and Palliative Care with Dr. Diane Meier, MD
Lost or Found
There is a conversation that we are not having in medicine – and that is related to our dying. Oftentimes when this conversation does happen, it is often too late for palliative care to do some good, to relieve suffering, to improve quality of life, during the time that we have left. And because this conversation doesn’t happen, or doesn’t occur early enough, death has become painful. Death is inevitable, it is a universal process that we all will go through one day, as we are living organisms. I believe that we have lost our way in the practice of medicine. We have forgotten the very foundation of medical practice, which is to relieve human suffering. We sacrifice our human connections in the practice of medicine because health care is first and foremost a business. We continue to treat patients even if the effort is futile, and sometimes we even offer harmful treatment, in the name of prolonging life- when it can be physically, emotionally, and spiritually damaging to our patients. Join us in this eye-opening conversation about palliative care, as it is a field that still represents ‘the good and humane’ in medical practice. Dr. Diane Meier, MD is the founder and was the longtime director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care, a national organization devoted to increasing access to quality health care in the U.S. for people living with a serious illness. She has received numerous awards and was the 2008 recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (aka the MacArthur Genius Award).
Palliative Care and the Pandemic: A Conversation with Dr. Diane Meier
In today’s episode, Susan Ryan talks with Diane Meier, MD, director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), a national organization devoted to increasing access to quality health care in the U.S. for people living with serious illnesses. Under her leadership the number of palliative care programs in U.S. hospitals has tripled in the last 20 years. The two discuss what Dr. Meier calls a “hyper-fragmented sub-specialization system” that often loses sight of the person in treatment, and how this observation became a catalyst for her in developing a palliative care program at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, and how palliative care programs have since scaled across the country. Dr. Meier provides a wonderful definition of palliative care, along with the clear distinction between palliative care and hospice care and confronts the notion that suffering only deserves attention when someone is predictably at the very end of life. She is passionate in her quest to see the whole person and provide a plan that prioritizes quality of life and function for each individual, and how we must advocate for ourselves or a loved one to ensure that anyone with a serious illness gets the essential support. Ryan and Meier also discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the critical necessity of palliative care, and how CAPC was able to provide tremendous support and resources to patients, families, and healthcare professionals through the crisis. Connect with Dr. Meier here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dianemeiermd Find out more about CAPC here: https://www.capc.org/
Dr. Diane Meier: Founder of the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC)
The Surgical Palliative Care Podcast
#005 - Join host Dr. Red Hoffman as she interviews Dr. Diane Meier, a professor of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, as well as well as a professor of Medical Ethics, at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City (listen for NYC ambulances in the background!) Diane is the founder of the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) as well as a recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (also known as a "genius grant.") She shares about the early days of CAPC and describes some of the educational offerings available through a CAPC membership (go online and type in your email to see if your organization is a member!). Diane also discusses the importance of tailoring your message for your audience and reminds us to be thoughtful about our language, particularly when we are attempting to define palliative care. I learned so much about communication from speaking with her! Enjoy!Learn more about CAPC here.To learn more about the surgical palliative care community, visit us on twitter @surgpallcare.
The Future of Palliative Care: A Podcast with Diane Meier
There are few names more closely associated with palliative care than Diane Meier. She is an international leader of palliative care, a MacArthur "genius" awardee, and amongst many other leadership roles, the CEO of the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC). We were lucky enough to snag Diane for our podcast to talk about everything we always wanted to ask her, including: * What keeps her up at night? * Does palliative care need a national strategy and if so why and what would it look like? * The history of CAPC and the leadership centers * Advice that she has for graduating fellows who want to continue to move palliative care forward as they start their new careers * What she imagines palliative care will look like in 10 or 15 years? * What is the biggest threat facing palliative care? We hope you join us for this great podcast!
Diane Meier - Palliative Care for Older Adults - A Palliative Care Futurist's Perspective
Resources For Integrated Care
These podcasts excerpted from a 2018 webinar shares strategies for skillful communication, recognition, and response to needs of beneficiaries and their families throughout the course of serious illness, and engagement of palliative care consultants as an added layer of support. Timely recognition of hospice eligibility and referral in the months before death may improve quality of life and reduce reliance on emergency departments and hospitals for crisis management. The speakers also help the audience recognize the signs of the active dying process to ensure that thoughtful expert care is available during this vulnerable time.
Diane Meier on why palliative care is the “secret decoder ring for the health care system”
Listening In (With Permission): Conversations About Today's Pressing Health Care Topics
Suzanne talks to Diane Meier, Director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) about a specialty that is not getting the attention it deserves yet- palliative care. Learn what it is and why we so desperately need to advance its use to help the many Americans with serious illness cope with pain in the United States, and save money in the process.