What is Palliative Care, And Who Benefits?

Listen to todays show on 94.1FM, KPFA.org (4/30/18) “About Health”

I was joined by David B. Feldman, PhD


What happens when someone you care about is diagnosed with a serious illness? Do you know how to get the care needed, and how to have the difficult conversations about prognosis? There are many decisions to make, and medical professionals are often not trained to give the support that is needed.

Palliative care is whole-person care that relieves symptoms of a disease or disorder, whether or not it can be cured.

David B. Feldman, PhD, is considered to be among the top experts on hope in the field of psychology.  Professor and Chair of the Department of Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University, his research and writings have addressed such topics as hope, meaning, and growth in the face of serious medical illness, trauma, and other highly stressful circumstances. He is the co-author of three books, including The End-of-Life Handbook: A Compassionate Guide to Connecting with and Caring for a Dying Loved One, and Supersurvivors: The Surprising Link Between Suffering & Success.  His research has been published in numerous scientific journals as well as in popular publications.  He has appeared in such magazines as SELF, People, ‘O’: The Oprah Magazine, U.S. News & World Report, and Harvard Business Review, has been interviewed for national television and radio, and writes regularly for Psychology Today. In addition, he is the host of the podcast “Psychology in 10 Minutes,” which can be found at www.psychologyin10minutes.com or on any podcast app.  More information about Dr. Feldman can be found at www.davidfeldmanphd.com.