Hospice Clinical Support Alerts

Responding to Suffering

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In a recent JAMA article, physicians Epstein and Back implore us to recognize that diagnosing and treating symptoms and illness is only a part of addressing patient suffering.  Suffering “manifests as indirect emotional expressions, inconsistencies in patients’ narratives, or discomfort [...] Continue Reading

Morphine for Refractory Dyspnea

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This paper reports the findings of an exploratory study comparing morphine to placebo for patients with chronic refractory breathlessness. Study participants (N=65) were diagnosed with heart failure or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and had moderately severe breathlessness on a dyspnea [...] Continue Reading