Tuesday, March 20, 2012

HFA Debuts Audio Program Professionally Speaking: Conversations on End-of-Life Care


What's the best way for a physician to talk with a patient? What are appropriate boundaries when it comes to patient care? How do palliative care and hospice work together? What's right - and wrong - about our approach to end-of-life care in the United States?

The answers to these and other questions posed by Hospice Foundation of America’s Hank Willner, MD, are contained in an audio interview with Ira Byock, MD, a national leader in end-of-life care. Their interview marks the debut of HFA’s audio program, Professionally Speaking, available at no charge on HFA’s website (www.hospicefoundation.org/speaking) and on iTunes to listen online or download.

Professionally Speaking interviews are informative, sometimes provocative conversations meant to stimulate thought and discussion among health care providers, policymakers and the public.

Dr. Byock, director of the Palliative Care Service at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, has been involved in hospice and palliative care since 1978. He is a founder of a hospice home care program in Fresno, California, a past president of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and has published numerous articles on the ethics and practice of hospice, palliative and end-of-life care. Byock's most recent book, The Best Care Possible, was published in March 2012.

HFA's Medical Consultant, Dr. Hank Willner, was initially certified in Family Practice in 1978 and is Board Certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, a Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Practice both at Georgetown University Medical School and the Medical College of Virginia, a hospice medical director, and palliative medicine physician.

Their conversation is available as a single, uninterrupted program that runs 68 minutes, and as six shorter programs divided by subject.