January-February 2016 | Volume 99 | Issue 1
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Table of Contents
ON THE COVER
Finding the right volunteer opportunity Many physicians still don’t understand how palliative care works and how it differs from hospice.
BY HOWARD BELL
Children’s hospitals add palliative care.
BY JEANNE METTNER
Minnesota’s Right to Try law
Physicians may be better off following the FDA’s compassionate use process than turning to the state’s new law to help the terminally ill access investigational therapies.
BY LAURA D. HERMER, JD, LLM
Having a Meaningful Conversation with Patients about the End of Life: Six Tips for Physicians
CLINICAL AND HEALTH AFFAIRS
BY JULIE BENSON, MD
Palliative Care in Rural Minnesota: Findings from Stratis Health’s Minnesota Rural Palliative Care Initiative
BY DEB MCKINLEY, MPH, JANELLE SHEARER, RN, BSN, MA, AND KARLA WENG, MPH
USPSTF Recommendations—2015 Update: Use in Primary Care and Other Practices
BY BARBARA P. YAWN, MD, MSC
Life and death in Alzheimer’s disease
What happens when a family doesn’t know a loved one’s wishes.
BY JESS PRISCHMANN, MD
Exposure to comfort care as a child helps a medical student chart his career path.
BY DOMINIC DECKER
What’s in a name?
During its early years, palliative medicine struggled to claim an identity in the minds of practicing physicians.
BY CHARLES R. MEYER, M.D.
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We need to end the paper trail
Why all physicians need to use the state’s electronic system for registering births and deaths.
BY MOLLY MULCAHY CRAWFORD
Dying’s not so bad
A POEM BY MELISSA EELKEMA