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Palliative Care: Identifying the Need and Beginning the Conversation

Date: Monday, February 25, 2013
Time: 12:00 PM EST

Presented by James Tulsky, MD, this webinar will:

  • Define palliative care
  • Focus on communication with patients
  • Offer participants a chance to ask questions during a live question and answer period

Register for this informative free webinar now!
This presentation will provide participants with an overview of palliative care and discuss how to best address patient suffering. The primary focus will be on communication with patients around difficult issues such as delivering bad news, discussing transitions in care, and dealing with patient distress when anti-cancer therapy is no longer effective.


Dr. James Tulsky is Chief of Duke Palliative Care, and Professor of Medicine and Nursing at Duke University where he has been a faculty member since 1993. After completing his medical degree at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, Dr. Tulsky received his internal medicine training at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).† He has been the recipient of many awards, including the 2002 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers Ė the highest national award given by the White House Office of Science and Technology for early career investigators Ė and the 2006 Award for Research Excellence from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Dr. Tulsky has a longstanding interest in doctor-patient communication and quality of life at the end of life, and has published widely in these areas.† His current research focuses on the evaluation and enhancement of communication between oncologists and patients with advanced cancer, identification of clinical, psychosocial and spiritual trajectories of patients at the end of life, development of self-management interventions for patients with life-limiting illness, and evaluating the role of palliative care in congestive heart failure.

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