Cover-(1).jpgJanuary-February 2016 | Volume 99 | Issue 1


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Table of Contents


ON THE COVER

Misunderstood specialty
Finding the right volunteer opportunity Many physicians still don’t understand how palliative care works and how it differs from hospice.
BY HOWARD BELL

Small comforts
Children’s hospitals add palliative care.
BY JEANNE METTNER


MEDLAW

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


CLINICAL AND HEALTH AFFAIRS

Having a Meaningful Conversation with Patients about the End of Life: Six Tips for Physicians
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


PERSPECTIVE

Life and death in Alzheimer’s disease
What happens when a family doesn’t know a loved one’s wishes.
BY JESS PRISCHMANN, MD

Early adopter
Exposure to comfort care as a child helps a medical student chart his career path.
BY DOMINIC DECKER
 

EDITOR'S NOTE

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.


LETTERS


SHORT TAKES


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COMMENTARY

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


END NOTE

Dying’s not so bad
A POEM BY MELISSA EELKEMA