Ann Broderick

Ann Broderick is an associated professor at the University of Iowa and the director of palliative care at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

The World Health Organization defines palliative care as a service to provide relief for the pain and symptoms of disease, but it is a treatment that “intends neither to hasten or postpone death.” GetPalliativeCare.com, an informational website founded by a collective of doctors, differentiates between palliative care and hospice by explaining that “Palliative care is not limited to hospice care … [But] hospice always provides palliative care.” One key difference between is that hospice care is offered only at the end of a patient’s life; palliative care is available to patients as early as diagnosis.

Angela Morrow, a certified hospice and palliative care nurse, writes a palliative care blog blog for About.com aimed toward patients, family members and caregivers interested in end-of-life care. Her posts range from informational and practical, to addressing emotional questions from patients and relatives. Occasionally, Morrow’s posts transcend into humor, including a recent post on people opening up (and lightening up) about death on Facebook.

The blog Pallimed, founded by a University of Minnesota palliative care physician, hosts a live weekly Tweetchat discussing hospice and palliative medicine. Join the chat on Wednesdays at 9 pm ET, or peruse the last two Tweetchat transcripts on the Pallimed website.

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Why I chose these links:

– The link to Broderick’s profile on the UIHC website verifies that she is, indeed, the director of palliative care and also an associated UI professor.

– The World Health Organization is an established and trusted organization and a good resource for defining medical terms.

– GetPalliativeCare.com, although not backed by a government entity or well-known agency, is run by MDs and palliative care professionals. That particular link also provides important information distinguishing hospice and palliative care, which are similar but different.

– Morrow’s blog is backed by About.com, a reputable organization. Morrow is also a certified RN and her posts are engaging as well as informative.

– Pallimed, although founded independent of any other health organization, is operated by a palliative care professional. The blog has also been active for over five years, suggesting a certain level of credibility over other start-up websites.

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