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Apr 30, 2020

What's the role of geriatrics and palliative care in the care of individuals with COPD? We talk this week with Anand Iyer, the lead author of this weeks JAMA IM article on this subject. It's a little off from our ongoing COVID topics, but given that his along with his co-authors (Randy Curtis and Diane Meier) JAMA IM piece just got published, we figured now is the right time to highlight #PalliPulm. What is #PallPulm? #PalliPulm is something that Anand Iyer founded, and is an online community of clinicians, investigators, patients, and others interested in the intersection of palliative care and geriatrics. Anand is also an Assistant Professor in Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and faculty at the Center for Palliative and Supportive Care at UAB. Anands research on this subject has shown a lot of things, including that COPD patients are often referred too late to palliative care and hospice, pulmonologists often equate hospice with palliative care, there is high symptom and emotional needs in COPD patients, and that patients and family members feel palliative care should be integrated early on in the care of COPD. Links to the following articles can be found on this blog post at - A Qualitative Study of Pulmonary and Palliative Care Clinician Perspectives on Early Palliative Care in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease - A Formative Evaluation of Patient and Family Caregiver Perspectives on Early Palliative Care in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease across Disease Severity - End-of-Life Spending and Healthcare Utilization Among Older Adults with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease We also talk about this podcast with David Currow on the use of opioids in dypsnea: -Opioids for Breathlessness: A Podcast with David Currow So take a listen and join the conversation at #PalliPulm! by: @ewidera