Like many media sources in recent weeks, NPR and WAMU 88.5 tuned public radio listeners’ ears to the topic of palliative care August 24, 2010, with a segment on the Diane Rehm Show. Rehm’s report, New Studies in Palliative Care, discussed the value of palliative care in the context of the recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), which reports improved quality of life and life extension in patients who receive palliative care. Read about the study in our August 22, 2010, blog post.
The show is available online and by podcast. Guests include palliative care physicians Diane Meier, Atul Gawande, and Jennifer Temel, and palliative care nurse Christina Tafe. Meier is director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care.
The show comes on the heels of multiple media reports about the study, including those by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, USA Today, ABC News, MSN Health and Fitness, Fox News, The Boston Globe, The Huffington Post, and PR News Wire.
We hope this trend will continue and hospice, end-of-life and palliative care will become the subjects of more public discussions, and that interdisciplinary work will increasingly be featured in that dialogue.