Sunday, March 6, 2011

"Palliative Medicine: Care versus Cure" on Open Mind

Diane Meier was recently interviewed for the second time (the first being in 2006) by Richard Heffner on his long running PBS show "The Open Mind." To this audience, the interview does not tackle any ground breaking territory, but it is summarizes well hospice and palliative care, the similarities and the differences. To use this as a training tool for some good sound bites which may be helpful when you need to give your elevator pitch on what we do.



Watch the full episode. See more The Open Mind.

The transcript is available on the site as well if you are a faster reader, which is nice. I have never heard of this show before but apparently Heffner is considered one of the founding fathers of public TV programming. This show has been on the air since 1956! Does anyone else think the opening flute music sounds like a horror movie though?

Also there are 12 comments and 107 Facebook likes as of this post.  Could you add more to that total as your eight minutes of social media advocacy today?

Here is the word cloud for the transcript (via Wordle) for a quick overview of topics mentioned.  (Bigger words are mentioned more often.  I like how this one kind of says 'palliative people care').  Also notice the difference in size between 'palliative' and 'hospice'.  And 'died', 'death' and 'end' are barely on there. Interesting.

Anyway back to the content...there is one term that I have been hearing occasionally, mostly from CAPC and Diane Meier, that I would like to get your take on: "non-hospice palliative care." I have not used this myself and only have had a few conversations with colleagues about its usefulness and where it fits in our lexicon. Should we use this for patients and families, when talking to our medical peers, the media or the policy makers? Or should we use it at all?

Here are the 2006 interview transcripts from the same show. (Part 1 and Part 2)

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