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Empowered #patientchat – Palliative Care and Chronic Illness

You’re Invited! We hope you will join us for our next Empowered #patientchat as we discuss palliative care and chronic disease.

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illness. This type of care is focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.

This chat was influenced by the recent passing of the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA) in the House. PCHETA would improve the training of health professionals in palliative care, expand national research programs in palliative care, and educate families and health professionals about the value of palliative care. To become a law, it needs to also pass in the Senate and that’s where we come in!

Guiding our discussion will be the following Topic (T#:) Questions:

T1: What are your thoughts on palliative care? How do you define it? #patientchat

T2: Who should receive palliative care? When is it appropriate? #patientchat

T3: What services and benefits can palliative care specialists provide to chronic disease patients and their families? #patientchat

T4: What are the differences, if any, between palliative care, supportive care, and hospice care? #patientchat

T5: How can a patient ask or learn more about palliative care? HCPs: How can you approach patients about palliative care? #patientchat

BONUS: As empowered patients and care partners, what can we do to move PCHETA along? #patientchat


We hope to see you Friday, August 10th on Twitter (or tchat.io/rooms/patientchat) at 10:00 am Pacific / 1:00 pm Eastern. Be sure to include the hashtag #patientchat in all your responses!

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Click HERE to learn more about the Empowered #patientchat Series plus read tips on how to participate.

Related Reading

Supportive Care: How It Can Help Men With Prostate Cancer

Interview with Judith A. Paice, PhD, RN, FAAN, Director of the Cancer Pain Program, Division of Hematology-Oncology; Research Professor of Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine Northwestern Medicine and Russel Szmulewitz, MD, Associate Director, Genitourinary Oncology Program, Assistant Professor of Medicine University of Chicago

The panel explores how men with prostate cancer are usually reluctant to share their feelings or complain about pain. However, Judith says that it is so crucial for patients to share with their health care professionals what is going on. Don’t be afraid to speak up! Having time to talk with others, or even a social worker will lead to an overall better quality of life. Watch the full video below for all the doctors’ advice.

Supportive Care: How It Can Help Men With Prostate Cancer from Patient Empowerment Network on Vimeo.

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