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.
Selections from the bimonthly Innovations will now appear regularly in the Journal’s quarterly publication. And the Editors-in-Chief of each publication—EDC’s Mildred Z. Solomon, EdD, of Innovations and David E. Weissman, MD, of the Journal—will join each other’s publication as Senior Associate Editors. Selections from the bi-monthly Innovations journal will be featured in the Journal’s quarterly publication.
The collaboration of the two peer-reviewed publications will allow Innovations—which identifies and critiques practices in end-of-life care—to complement the Journal’s focus on research, education, and developments in symptom management, according to Anna Romer, associate editor of Innovations in End-of-Life Care. “The Journal of Palliative Medicine is a strong new journal, and David Weissman, is an expert both in palliative care as well as in mentoring physicians to promote better practice in this field. Through our focus on the process of institutional change and the international perspectives on each given topic, we believe we add something new to the already substantive content of the Journal of Palliative Medicine.”
“While enhancing each other’s publications, we intend to strengthen the field of palliative care by examining and critiquing innovations from around the world in depth and from cross-cultural perspectives,” Weissman commented.
The first collaborative issue of the Journal of Palliative Medicine includes four selections from Innovations: “Improving Quality by Focusing on the Process of Change,” an editorial by Solomon, was written expressly for the new edition of the Journal. The three other pieces from Innovations in End-of-Life Care were revised somewhat for their transition from the web to print.
In “Designing and Sustaining a Palliative Care and Home Hospice Program,” Romer interviews Charles Von Gunten, MD, on his experience as medical director of palliative care unit in Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Innovations associate editor Karen Heller interviews palliative care consultant Carlos Centeno, MD, about his work in Salamanca, Spain in “Palliative Care in Spain: an Evolving Model.” Romer explores the intersection of spirituality and healthcare in her interview with Christina Puchalski, MD, “Taking a Spiritual History Allows Clinicians to Understand Patients More Fully,” which also includes Dr. Puchalski’s “Spiritual Assessment Tool” for practitioners.
Originally published on April 30, 2000