Dr. Kei Ouchi, MD, MPH
Instructor of Emergency Medicine at with Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston/Harvard Medical School, Head of ACEP Palliative Care Section Research
As a physician trained in Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine, I see a gap in quality of care for older adults with serious, life-limiting illness. Most such patients are reluctant to discuss their goals for medical care despite their progressive illness. The opportunity to have in-depth conversations about values and preferences (abbreviated, the “conversation”) with any physician is scarce, and many such patients present to the ED without any advance directives. This not only complicates the care in the ED, but it is a missed opportunity to facilitate this important conversation.
To ring in 2019, we are excited to deliver a revamped ACEP Palliative Care Section newsletter to your inbox! Every quarter we will send out updates concerning all things emergency medicine and palliative care. You will also find updates from the new research committee including brief synopsis of new research and research opportunities within EM-Palliative Care.