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New Palliative Medicine Hotline Reaches California
Date:10/13/2009

y phone and online with physicians, nurse practitioners, and clinical pharmacists caring for seriously ill patients," said Helen McNeal, Executive Director of The Institute for Palliative Medicine. "We expect this resource to make a significant difference in the lives of many patients and their families by connecting their healthcare professionals with specialized information, advice, and resources."

To date, the most popular topics among callers accessing PAL-MED CONNECT have been on safely prescribing opioids, converting between different therapies, pain management and having difficult family conversations. Despite formally operating only in San Diego until today, calls have come from as far away as Oklahoma and New York, demonstrating the critical need for this resource.

The experts at The Institute for Palliative Medicine have been providing outstanding education and research for 20 years since its founding as the Center for Palliative Studies in 1989. The Institute for Palliative Medicine has achieved international recognition for its innovative education programs, patient/family-centered research and evidence-based advocacy. In 2006, The Institute for Palliative Medicine helped pioneer the palliative medicine subspecialty approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties.

About The Institute for Palliative Medicine

The Institute for Palliative Medicine is internationally recognized for its excellence in palliative care education and research. Located on the campus of San Diego Hospice in San Diego, CA, The Institute for Palliative is the home of the PAL-MED CONNECT Hotline and is dedicated to the relief of suffering through the transformation of health care. It focuses on discovering, demonstrating and disseminating strategies for palliative care in existing health care systems whether here in San Diego or throughout the world. Physicians and healthcare professionals from around the globe come to The I
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