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Research in Division of Geriatric Medicine & Palliative Care

MISSION

The mission of the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Care is to optimize the health and quality of life of older persons and those with serious illness by partnering with patients, families and communities.

VISION

All older persons and those with serious illness will achieve maximal health and quality of life.

GERIATRIC MEDICINE AND PALLIATIVE CARE THEMES INCLUDE:

  1. End-of-life decision making
  2. Advance care planning
  3. Geriatric medicine and chronic care management

RECENT PROJECTS

  • A Study of Compassionate Caregiving at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
  • Family Meeting Satisfaction Survey     
  • GO Care Intervention
  • Palliative Care Database
  • POLST (Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) Project: An Intervention to Increase Completion Rates
  • Physician Perspectives on the Use of Technology to Facilitate Communication
  • Physician Perspectives on the Use of Technology to Facilitate Communication in the ICU
  • Survey of Jefferson Attending Physicians Palliative Care Practices and Attitude
  • Eastern Pennsylvania-Delaware Geriatric Education Center (funder: HRSA)

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Leipzig RM, Sauvigné K, Granville LJ, Harper GM, Kirk LM, Levine SA, Mosqueda L, Parks SM, Fernandez HM. What is a geriatrician? American Geriatrics Society and Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs end-of-training entrustable professional activities for geriatric medicine. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2014 May;62(5):924-9.

Parks SM, Harper GM, Fernandez H, Sauvigne K, Leipzig RM. American Geriatrics Society/Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs curricular milestones for graduating geriatric fellows. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2014 May;62(5):930-5.

Snyderman D, Salzman B, Mills G, Hersh L, Parks S. Strategies to help reduce hospital readmissions. J Fam Pract. 2014 Aug;63(8):430-8a.

Chapman AE, Swartz K, Schoppe J, Arenson C. Development of a comprehensive multidisciplinary geriatric oncology center, the Thomas Jefferson University Experience. J Geriatr Oncol. 2014 Apr;5(2):164-70.

Close JD, Swartz K, Deu R. Hip fracture in older patients: tips and tools to speed recovery. J Fam Pract. 2013 Sep;62(9):484-92.

Gersh S, Worster B, Moyer D. A Textbook for Today’s Chief Medical Resident 21st Edition. Alexandria, VA: APDIM Publications. c2013. Ch. 6: The Challenges of Medical Professionalism in the Digital Age; p. 25-30.

Farnan JM, Snyder Sulmasy L, Worster BK, Chaudhry HJ, Rhyne JA, Arora VM; American College of Physicians Ethics, Professionalism and Human Rights Committee; American College of Physicians Council of Associates; Federation of State Medical Boards Special Committee on Ethics and Professionalism. Online medical professionalism: patient and public relationships: policy statement from the American College of Physicians and the Federation of State Medical Boards. Ann Intern Med. 2013 Apr 16;158(8):620-7.

Parks S, Swartz K, Wagner, B. Oncology in Primary Care. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkens. c2013. Ch.34: Communication with Patients with Cancer; p. 197-210.

Morris GJ, Swartz K, Chapman AE, Lichtman SM, Levitz JS, Ravandi F, Chan KR. Senior adult oncology: three cases of advanced cancer in patients of advanced age. Semin Oncol. 2012 Oct;39(5):e23-35.

Collins LG, Swartz K. Caregiver care. Am Fam Physician. 2011 Jun 1;83(11):1309-17.

RECENT PRESENTATIONS               

Cook J, de la Paz A, Hsieh C, Salzman B. Improving screening and intervention rates for falls in a large, urban Family Medicine practice: Evolution of a 4-year quality improvement project. American Geriatrics Society Annual Meeting, National Harbor, MD, May 2015.

Salzman B, Hajjar E, Collins L, Hewston L, Vause-Earland T, Borden C, Dallas S. An Interprofessional Geriatric Clinical Skills Fair. American Geriatrics Society Annual Meeting, National Harbor, MD, May 2015

Worster B, Herrmann L, Parks S, LaNoue M, Vaid U. Working Together: Creating a Patient Family Stakeholder Advisory Group. American Geriatrics Society Annual Meeting, National Harbor, MD, May 2015.

Chapman AE, Swartz K, Schoppe J, Arenson C. Development of a Comprehensive Multidisciplinary Geriatric Oncology Center, the Thomas Jefferson University Experience. International Society of Geriatric Oncology, Copenhagen, Denmark, October 2013.  

Worster B, Strand J, Lepp A. Palliative Care “Bucket List”—Skills Learned From Difficult Cases. American Association of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Annual Assembly, New Orleans, LA, March 2013.

Worster B. A Tale of Two Realities - How Memory Loss Affects End of Life Care for a Patient, Their Family, and Their Care Team. Association of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Annual Assembly, Denver, Colorado, March 2012.

Worster B. Digital Professionalism in Medical Education. American College of Physicians Internal Medicine Meeting, San Diego, California, April 2011.