Wednesday, February 4, 2015

January 2015 Posts and Comments

by Christian Sinclair, MD, FAAHPM

Wow, did January move fast or is it just us?

Here is a recap of all of our posts from January 2015. We know there are some you may have already bookmarked, but forgot to read, or maybe you liked it so much you want to share it again.

We hope to see a lot of you in Philadelphia for the Pallimed/GeriPal party on Thursday Feb 26th! Who knows, maybe we'll bring the thickener.

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Advocacy
Communication
Humanities
Interview/News
Media Reviews

Narrative/Opinion
Research/Education
Comment Shout-out's - January 2015 (in no particular order):
Holly Yang, Kristina Newport, Steve Smith, Jerry Soucy, Emily Riegel, Alile Shukraft, Jennie Cooper, Karen Kaplan, Clay Anderson, Judy Thomas, Jessica Tappana, Drew Rosielle, Debbie Oliver, Simcha Shapiro, Andrew Kamell, Ruth Hill, Tina K, Julie Susann, Judy from Upstate, Meredith MacMartin, and a few anonymous people.

Highlighted Comment for January 2015
Karen Kaplan's comment on  Using validation to prevent crazy making in caregivers by Debra Parker Oliver, MSW, PhD and Jessica Oliver Tappana, MSW. - January 9, 2015

You so skillfully remind all healthcare professionals to validate feelings and not to forget family systems. What is of interest is how often we need such reminders, which suggests to me that we can have our own issues for resisting validation, which is distinct from not knowing about it or forgetting about it. Validation means we have to acknowledge our helplessness: we can't cure the disease, etc. Validation means we have to face our own anxieties about mortality and pain. Even chaplains, whose training is almost entirely about listening, reflecting and validation in general, often retreat into resistance. Thus we have to keep those reminders coming, and also try to become self-aware of the sources of resistance.


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Christian Sinclair, MD, FAAHPM is a palliative care doctor at the University of Kansas Medical Center and editor of Pallimed. When not advocating for health care professionals to use social media you can find him playing board games.

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