Quality of Life


by Pamela Katz Ressler, MS-PREP, RN, HN-BC, PREP-Aired blog moderator and administrator, Program in Pain Research, Education and Policy (PREP) at Tufts University School of Medicine

As we mentioned in our last blog post, The International Association of  the Study of Pain , along with other prominent pain organizations such as The Mayday Fund, the Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice, the Union for International Cancer Control, have joined with the Lien Foundation by co-sponsoring a series of 50 short documentary films spotlighting the global burden of inadequate pain treatment in the project:  LIFE Before Death.

This week’s short film is entitled: Quality of Life and focuses on the dramatic benefits of palliative care services offered to patients and families facing end of life issues.

We welcome your comments on the overall LIFE Before Death project or the specific short films, which we will continually highlight on the Tufts University Pain Research, Education and Policy Program’s PREP-Aired blog throughout the year.

Add comment June 17th, 2011

Hard Choice for a Comfortable Death: Sedation

by Anne Colyn, MAc, MS-PREP
Critical article on end-of-life care featured in the New York Times on December 26, 2009. Being that this was part of my studies in the PREP program at Tufts University School of Medicine, I find this a decent introduction on the core issue in palliative care. It raises some crucial points of thought in terms of ethical and moral standards. Worth the read, if only to ponder one’s own preferences
Click here to read the New York Times article entitled: Hard Choice for a Comfortable Death: Sedation

2 comments December 27th, 2009

From Pain to Palliative Care

Thank you to MS-PREP/NESA student, Nancy MItchell for sending along the link to a thought provoking documentary series that recently aired on WBUR in Boston. The documentary entitled: Quality of Death: End of Life Care in America, raises many questions about the type of care and medical interventions our current health care system promotes at the end of life. The documentary challeges those of us involved in health care to consider how we can make the end of life more compassionate and meet the needs of our patients and their families more effectively and humanely. You will find it well worth your time to listen to the documentary and check out the website for more information and further discussion about Quality of Death: End of Life Care in America. Feel free to post your comments on this blog for a focused discussion on pain and palliative care.

Add comment May 10th, 2009


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