Ep 145 Physician Compassion – The Barbara Tatham Memorial Podcast

Dr. Barbara Tatham, EM colleague and educator, died of metastatic sarcoma at the age of 32 in October 2019. During her last year of life, in between surgeries, ICU stays and rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, she gave lectures on compassionate care inspired by her journey as a patient. In August 2019 we met at my summer cottage to record this podcast. We explored the evidence that compassionate care improves patient outcomes and staves off physician burnout. We discussed how compassion can be learned and applied easily and efficiently in your practice. We talked about the do’s and don’ts of compassionate care and ended with a call to action. It is my hope that, through this podcast, her voice and vision will reverberate and she will continue to champion compassionate care into the future…

Best Case Ever 40 End of Life Care & Consultant Communication

Dr. Paul Miller, emergency physician and head of a palliative care unit at McMaster Univeristy tells the story of his Best Case Ever on End of Life Care. He shows us that clear consultant communication can make the difference between end of life care that takes into account patients' wishes and values and end of life care that fails. The upcoming episode on End of Life Care and Palliative Care in Emergency Medicine with Dr. Miller, Dr. Howard Ovens and Dr. Shona McLachlan will elucidate some strategies to manage some of the most challenging situations in Emergency Medicine such as critically ill patients with 'Full Code' status who have no chance of meaningful survival, and cancer patients near the end of life who have false hopes of a cure and request aggressive medical management over aggressive palliative care. We review the most important treatment options for symptom management for the dying patient including pain, dyspnea and terminal delirium and much more...

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