Physicians, nurses, and other health professionals involved in caring for critically ill children will gather later this month for an intensive educational retreat designed to enhance communication skills and improve relationships with children and families. The workshop is the 11th such session conducted by the Massachusetts-based nonprofit Education Development Center (EDC) in concert with children’s hospitals and other health care organizations around the country.
Dr. Mildred Solomon directs EDC’s Center for Applied
Ethics and Professional Practice. The center researches
the complexities associated
with advances in medical
knowledge and technology,
and designs programs aimed
at improving clinical practice,
health care decision-making,
and, ultimately, patient and
family well-being. She was
recently named to the U.S.
Department of Health and
Human Services Secretary’s
Advisory Committee on Transplantation, which advises
the Secretary on national organ donation policy.
Several videos from EDC’s Initiative for Pediatric Palliative Care (IPPC) have won awards from some of filmmaking’s most prestigious festivals and competitions. The videos are part of IPPC’s new curriculum in pediatric palliative care, designed to improve the competence of health care professionals in responding to the emotional and psychosocial needs of very ill children and their families.
For children with terminal illnesses, sometimes small details in how they’re cared for can make a huge difference. In a new EDC video created to improve the care of seriously ill children, a young boy describes his frustration when he can’t get a nurse to move an IV stand that prevents him from holding his mother’s hand. “Why wouldn’t the nurse listen to me?” he wonders.
Every medical student receives training in the scientific causes of death, but few are prepared for the emotional challenge of caring for dying patients. Ready or Not, a new video and EDC Study Guide, gives medical schools a powerful tool to introduce students to high-quality end-of-life care.
It is fitting that Mildred Solomon named the book she edited The
Diagnostic Teacher. In her two decades of work at EDC, she has
researched and designed numerous professional education programs
for teachers and health care professionals.
The Spring 2000 issue of the Journal of Palliative Medicine, published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., marks the debut of the print version of Innovations in End-of-Life Care, EDC’s online journal for health practitioners caring for dying patients and their families.
A national task force, chaired by EDCs Mildred Z. Solomon, issued a call today to managed care organizations to improve the care of dying patients. In its new report, the National Task Force on End-of-Life in Managed Care recommended 12 steps for improving care for the terminally ill.