We're welcoming the new year with a look at the most-read blog posts of 2022.

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As we usher in the new year, we’re excited to share CAPC's top blog posts from 2022. Take a look to see if any of your favorites made the list or catch up on others you may have missed.

Clinical Care

How to Assess a Patient’s Risk for Long Term Opioid Therapy

By Drew Rosielle, MD

How to keep patients safe when prescribing opioid therapy, including risk assessment, comprehensive exams, and more.

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How Deprescribing Can Mitigate the Problem of Overmedication

By Daniel R. Hoefer, MD

The importance of reviewing a patient's list of medications before adding to it—and how to assess if a patient is overmedicated.

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How to Address Sexuality and Intimacy with People Living with a Serious Illness

By Anne Kelemen, LICSW, APHSW-C, and Hunter Groninger, MD

Five screening questions clinicians can ask patients to understand the impact of their serious illness on intimacy and relationships.

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An Honest Look at Marijuana and Its Place in Palliative Care

By BJ Miller, MD

How marijuana can help patients living with serious illness—from managing pain and symptoms to reframing perspectives.

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Countertransference in Palliative Care Practice: What’s a Clinician to Do?

By Jill Farabelli, MSW, LCSW

Understanding the psychology behind an unconscious response in patient encounters, and how clinicians can make meaning of these experiences.

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Psychedelics for Serious Illness: Five Things Clinicians Need to Know

By Ira Byock, MD

An update on the state of science for psychedelics, and what all clinicians should know as they enter this uncharted territory.

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Health Equity

Stay Ready: Attending to Implicit Bias in Health Care

By Sherika Newman, DO, and Karen Bullock, PhD, LCSW

A call for all in health care to become aware of unconscious, unintentional responses—or implicit biases—in order to provide the best care for patients and families.

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Caring for Undocumented Noncitizens: The Palliative Care Team's Role

By Kathy Marcotte, DNP, FNP-BC, and Adam Schoenfarber, LCSW, APHSW-C

A background on barriers to care for undocumented noncitizens—and seven ways palliative care teams can improve care for this population.

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Acknowledging Barriers and Implementing Strategies to Reach Black People with Serious Illness

By Helen Bhagwandin, BSN, MSN, Stacie Sinclair, MPP, Chelsea Perez, and Brittany Chambers, MPH, MCHES

Interview highlights from CAPC’s environmental scan, Equitable Access to Quality Palliative Care for Black Patients

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Palliative Care Models

When Palliative Care Demand Exceeds Capacity: A Virtual Panel Discussion

By Allison Silvers, MBA

How palliative care program leaders throughout the country have creatively and effectively responded to an increased demand for consults.

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How to Determine Whether a Home-Based Palliative Care Company Can Meet Your Patients’ Needs

By Stephanie Terauchi, MD, FAAHPM

A clinician shares how she vets home-based palliative care companies to ensure they provide the best possible care.

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Who’s Helping You? Coping with Trauma as a Health Care Worker

By David Buxton, MD, FAAHPM

What repeated trauma without healing can do to a health care worker—and how to establish a new and healthier “normal”.

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Reflections from a Palliative Care Program Leader Two Years into the Pandemic

By Patricia Fogelman, DNP

A palliative care leader shares how her team is navigating the ongoing crisis, and discusses long COVID, team preservation, and more.

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