Perspectives In Palliative Medicine



Stay on top of new research, advances and treatments available for the care of seriously ill patients. This series addresses the needs of patients and families dealing with serious or life-threatening conditions and provides concrete insights into how, as healthcare professionals, we can best provide relief to patients and their families at the most difficult of times.


  • The Challenges to Pain Management in Geriatric Patients


    Guest: Sean Morrison, MD Host: Porter Storey, MD What is the best treatment for our geriatric patients in pain? Do the hazards of analgesics outweigh the harm of being of pain for these patients? Dr. Sean Morrison joins host Dr. Porter Storey to explore pain's implications, treatment options, and red flags when treating geriatric patients. Series Produced In Cooperation With Sponsored By

  • Palliative Care's Role in Treatment of the Seriously Ill


    Guest: Russell K. Portenoy, MD Host: Porter Storey, MD More than half of the United States’ large hospitals have a palliative care team. What constitutes good palliative care? How do specialist palliative care and generalist care differ? Tune in for an exploration of the best practices in the treatment of patients with serious or life-threatening illness, with host Dr. Porter Storey and Dr. Russell Portenoy, chairman of the department of pain medicine and palliative care at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. Series Produced In Cooperation With Sponsored By

  • Religious Issues Affecting End of Life Care


    Guest: Richard Payne, MD Host: Porter Storey, MD Our patients' religious and spiritual beliefs must guide our care of them at end of life. Dr. Richard Payne, director of the Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life, tells host Dr. Porter Storey that the patients' conception of pain and end of life will shape how patients and their families will view these experiences. They also discuss how clinicians might navigate medical decisions in the context of culturally-determined beliefs and preferences. Series Produced In Cooperation With Sponsored By

  • Warning Shot: How to Deliver Difficult News


    Guest: Gail Cooney, MD Host: Porter Storey, MD Delivering difficult news to a patient often requires a delicate and individualized approach. Dr. Gail Cooney reviews with host Dr. Porter Storey some of the most important do's and don'ts of communicating with your patients. She discusses what she learned on the other side of the desk, as the patient in the position of receiving devastating news, and outlines 3 basic steps for framing the conversation, and 3 things you should never say or do. Series Produced In Cooperation With Sponsored By

  • Appropriate Use, Undermedication and Abuse of Opioid Analgesics


    Guest: Martha Twaddle, MD Host: Porter Storey, MD What signs does a physician need to consider when assessing a patient in pain and considering treatment with opioid analgesics? Host Dr. Porter Storey's guest Dr. Martha Twaddle is chief medical officer at Midwest Palliative & Hospice Care Center and associate professor of medicine at Rush Medical College in downtown Chicago. She explains that pain is not purely physical, and discusses how to navigate the question of medication dependency in both patients who have a history of substance abuse and those who do not. Series Produced In Cooperation With Sponsored By