The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine just completed its annual meeting in Vancouver over the weekend and here is the list of the 8 most important papers of the year as presented in the state of the science plenary session. Here is a new op-ed on the role of palliative care in health reform/the transformation of the health care system by Diane Meier, one of the top palliative medicine leaders.
Also, this year I enjoyed following the conference from afar (I could not attend) via twitter. Here is a list of #hpm tweets from the conference. Each Wed at 9pm EST, there is hospice and palliative medicine tweetchat, where 2 to 3 questions are discussed via twitter. You should check this out if you are interested in hospice and palliative care.
Of particular note in the 8 best papers is the paper by my Duke colleague Amy Abernethy and others that reported on a RCT of oxygen v. forced room air to treat breathlessness, a common (distressing) symptom for persons who have advanced life-limiting illness. They found that oxygen did not produce better symptom relief than forced room air, meaning less intensive therapy could produce the same results.
Amy and I recently got a palliative care/hospice focused grant but I can't talk about it publicly until March 1....more later on that.