Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Here are a few more blogs (
four, five , six, seven!)that I have found recently that may be of interest to our growing community. Go visit them, read a little. Leave a comment if you have a few seconds, since it is kind of like a tip to the blogger. A little appreciation can go a long way to inspiring bloggers to keep writing. At this rate we might have enough Palliative Medicine blogs to start a monthly grand rounds? Anyone else up for that?
The Center for Practical Bioethics has a weekly blog similar to Maurice Bernstein's blog that covers a wide range of topics, but often circles back around to end-of-life issues, like this recent one on the definition of brain death in reference to the recent pediatric case in Washington D.C.
Frequent commenter here at Pallimed, Dr. Alex DeLuca has a policy/law blog titled War on Doctors/Pain Crisis focused on the struggle for good pain management and the support of doctors facing prosecution because of aggressive symptom control. It is also the official blog of the Pain Relief Network (PRN get it?). The prosecution regarding opioid prescriptions for hospice & palliative care doctors has thankfully not been in the spotlight, but isn't this something that our field may want to pay more attention to? Changes in law and policy and court decisions with opioids at the center can greatly impact our field, so best to keep an ear to the ground.
GrowthHouse started with several blogs but unfortunately many fell by the wayside as blogs are wont to do. But with the blog Goodbyes, we have some great contributions from Debra Bradley Ruder, a writer/journalist who worked with medical students at Harvard Med School following dying patients. From this work she has shared many stories on her blog about saying goodbye. Her style is narrative, with occasional mentions of articles regarding communication at the end-of-life.
Here is a sample of articles from Goodbyes:
A Cabbie and a Doc
Fulfilling a Baseball Dream
Two Women Blogging is written from the perspective of... well I guess the title says it all. The pseudonymous Jay is a primary care doctor who just took her palliative care boards and does some hospice medical directing and occasionally writes about her experiences there.
Washington State Politics: Choices at the End of Life~by Jay
Angela Morrow, RN writes for About Palliative Care (on the About.com website). Her blog is aimed more to the general public and so it serves as a good educational resource about our field. She also occasionally gets the scoop on me about palliative medicine news issues. The blog is also a gateway to a forum for people with questions about death, dying, hospice, palliative care, funerals, etc. The forum seems pretty well updated and is aimed at the general public.
The Checkout Line is a website centered around an advice column style blog written by journalist/editor Judy Bachrach. The questions readers ask her are quite detailed and the I find much of the advice she gives to be practical, thoughtful and similar to what many people might here from a hospice or palliative care professional. The contributions by some of the commenters is also helpful. She deserves at least some recognition for a clever title for her blog!
The Journey Learned is a physician blog written by Dr. M. He has only been writing since September 2008 and his focus is on teaching palliative medicine and what he learns from his interactions from his patients. He posts about once a week right now and writes in a much more narrative approach compared to here at Pallimed. I hope he continues writing about his experiences on the blog. Blogs are easy to start but it is sometimes tough to keep up the work!
Here are some of Dr. M's hospice related posts:
A Sailor's Salute
- Hospice Blog by Hospice Guy (July 2004) (Administrator)
- Bioethics Discussion Blog by Maurice Bernstein (July 2004) (Doctor)
- Pallimed by Rosielle, Sinclair, and Quinn (June 2005) (Doc, Doc,
- War on Doctors/Pain Crisis by Alex DeLuca (February 2006) (Doctor)**
- Hospice and Nursing Homes Blog by Frances Shani Parker (January 2007) (Writer)
- Reflections by Dr. Bruce Campbell (April 2007) (Doctor)
- Two Women Blogging by Jay and MPJ (April 2007) (Doctor)**
- Medical Futility by Thaddeus Pope (July 2007) (Law Professor)
- Hospice Foundation of America Blog edited by Krista Renenger (August 2007) (Organization)
- Goodbyes by Debra Bradley Ruder (February 2008) (Writer)**
- Palliative Care Success by Tim Cousounis (March 2008) (Executive)**
- DNR/DNI by Leo Levi (April 2008) (ICU Nurse)
- The Checkout Line by Judy Bachrach (May 2008) (Writer)**
- Pallimed: Arts & Humanities by Amber Wollesen and Amy Clarkson (May 2008) (Docs)**
- Pallimed: Case Conferences by Institute to Enhance Palliative Care (May 2008) (Org)**
- Center for Practical Bioethics Blog by various writers (June 2008) (Organization)**
- Dethmama Chronicles by Dethmama & Insurance Guru (June 2008) (Nurse and Admin)
- The Journey Learned by Dr. M (September 2008) (Doctor)**
- About Palliative Care by Angela Morrow (Start date?) (Nurse)**