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“Relieving Pain, a National Challenge—A Moral Imperative”
“Chronic pain affects about 100 million American adults—more than the total affected by heart disease, cancer, and diabetes combined. Pain also costs the nation up to $635 billion each year in medical treatment and lost productivity. Effective pain management is a moral imperative, a professional responsibility, and the duty of people in the healing professions.” (Institute of Medicine, Relieving Pain in America, 2011)
Myra Christopher holds the Kathleen M. Foley Chair in Pain and Palliative Care at the Center for Practical Bioethics. She is currently the principal investigator on the Pain Action Initiative: A National Strategy (PAINS). This project will assess capacity and readiness across the country to develop a coordinated plan to improve care for the more than 100 million Americans who struggle with chronic pain. From 2010-11, she served as a member of Pain Study Committee at the Institutes of Medicine focused the undertreatment of pain. Christopher consults with the Centers for Disease Control to promote pain and palliative care as a public health issue and to provide education for directors of public health and aging services at the state level. She serves on the board of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses Certification Corporation, as a member of the editorial board of the American Journal of Bioethics (AJOB), a consultant for the Duke Institute for Care at the End-of-Life after serving on their national advisory board for 10 years, and serves on advisory boards for the Federation of State Medical Boards, and the University of Kansas School of Nursing. For her work to improve care for those suffering from advanced illness and chronic pain, she has received
The American Academy of Pain Medicine’s Patient Advocacy Award, the American Academy of Pain Management’s “Head Heart Award, the W.F. Yates Medallion for Distinguished Service/William Jewell College, the American Academy of Critical Care Nursing’s Pioneering Spirit Award, the Marian Gray Secundy SANKOFA Award for work to improve palliative and end-of-life care for African Americans, the National Association of Attorney’s Generals President’s Award and Alumni Achievement Award from the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Missouri Kansas City and Honorary Alumnus of the Year Kansas University School of Nursing, and Nonprofit Professional of the Year from the Kansas City Council on Philanthropy and an Honorary Doctorate from National University Health Sciences in Chicago.
Click on "Bioethics Videos" for Presentations
B.S., L.H.D., Kathleen M. Foley Chair for Pain and Palliative Care
“The Interprofessional Moral Imperative to Treat Pain"
Article: Relieving Pain in America IOM 2011
Article: Defining Chronic Pain Ethics
Stephen Gillaspy, Ph.D.
“Communication Skills to Better Pain Management: Motivational Interviewing.”
Power Point Gillaspy Power Point
Tracy Hagemann, Pharm D
“Polypharmacy Approach for Pain Management: What is it?”
Power Point: Polypharmacy Pain Power Point
Danny Cavett, M.L.S., Chaplain
"Responding to Spiritual Pain and Suffering"
Power Point: Cavett: The Response to Spiritual Pain Power Point
David Tiller, M.D.
"Existential or Psychic Pain: A Clinical Issue"
Power Point: Tiller: Existential Pain Power Point
Judith Handley, M.D.
“Surviving Surgery’s Aftermath”
Power Point: Handley: Post Surgery Pain Power Point
Randall Henthorn, M.D.
“Labels of Pain Management: Is it Really Addiction?
Power Point: Labels of Pain Management
Grace Gallardo, M.D.
"Challenges in Opiate Treatment Initiation"
Power Point: Gallardo: Power Point
Audra Fox , M.D.
“Beyond the Medications: Alternative Therapies”
Power Point: Fox: Alternative Medicine Power Point
Certificate in Clinical Ethics and Health Policy
Beginning in late August, I will be proud to serve as the faculty sponsor for the Certificate in Clinical Ethics & Health Policy through our OUHSC D2L online program. This certificate program is offered by the Center for Practical Bioethics in Kansas City, MO. The first class begins August 29, 2012. You can get all the information about the online courses at http://practicalbioethics.org/ethics-education/certificate-clinical-ethics.html or by email to Sandy Silva, firstname.lastname@example.org .
The onsite session in KC includes national guest lecturers in addition to the online faculty . One of the lecturers is on the President’s Commission on Bioethics this year. Also the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities is moving quickly to “certification” for ethics consultants based on core competencies which include formal ethics education.
You can also check out the home webpage to learn more about the Center at http://practicalbioethics.org/ . It is nationally recognized as one of the earliest bioethics centers in the country, established over 25 years ago.
What is "palliative" care?
It is "HOPE". . .
The Institute of Medicine (1997) defined palliative care as care which ". . .seeks to prevent, relieve, reduce, or soothe the symptoms of disease or disorder without affecting a cure."
Palliative care is medical treatment that is directed to "care" for the physical, spiritual and psychological needs of patients and support for their caretakers.
Palliative care should be available to both adults and children early in the course of any medical treatment, and particularly in treatment of serious, chronic illness.
It should be provided alongside any medical treatment intended to "cure" illness and continued to provide quality of life "care" when there is no cure.
Palliative care is the response to a patient's and family's hope for effective pain management and emotional comfort from physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains and other health providers who never stop caring, who never give up on comfort, who always put the patient first. Palliative care is the "good news" in difficult times of serious, chronic illness.
Palliative care is not restricted to those who are dying. It is focused on the patient and caretakers to recognize the pain and anxiety which accompany serious, chronic, life-limiting illness. Palliative care should be available to both adults and children early in the course of any medical treatment.
to ". . . live while you're alive"
The Secretary of HHS sent a comprehensive report to Congress entitled "Advance Directives and Advance Care Planning." The report, requested by Congress in 2006, focuses on (1) the best ways to promote the use of advance directives and advance care planning among competent adults as a way to specify their wishes about end-of-life care; and (2) addressing the needs of persons with disabilities with respect to advance directives. You can link to the report at: http://aspe.hhs.gov/daltcp/reports/2008/ADCongRpt.htm It includes an excellent literature review on every aspect of advance care planning, analyses of key ethical and legal issues, and a discussion of opportunities to enhance the effectiveness of advance care planning and advance directives.
The report is particularly timely as health care reform is in the public policy forefront, and several bills are pending on the Hill regarding advance care planning and improving care near the end of life.
It Takes a Team: Communication Among Older Patients, Families and Health Care Providers . .video, Jane Carney
"Oklahoma Advance Directives: What You Need to Know"
Presentation and supporting documents by Linda Edmondson M.S.W., L.C,S,W.
OUHSC Family Medicine Dog honored by American Medical Directors Association Foundation in the Caring Canine Calendar,
B.W. Winnicott, OU Physicians Family Medicine Center
Bow Wow Winnicott, named after British child psychoanalyst Donald Woods D.W. Winnicott, and known by children in foster care as "Winnie" is a soft-coated wheaten terrier. She assisted her owner, Annette Prince, in therapy with Native American children in foster care in Anadarko, Oklahoma, and also helped at inpatient psychiatric units for Childrens' and University Hospitals in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Address inquiries to:
Annette Prince, Director
Oklahoma Palliative Care Resource Center