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The newly-formed Quality of Life and Palliative Care Task Force has taken an interdisciplinary approach to its group composition, just as we hope to help advance the spread of integrated and team-based quality cancer care! Our mission is to advance effective integration of palliative and rehabilitation services as essential aspects of high quality oncology care to improve patient and family functioning and quality of life.

Our growing group includes representation from clinical psychology and nursing as well. We’d love to expand the disciplinary range of our task force membership even further, and would be pleased to connect with any and all who are interested in promoting more person-centered and goal-directed quality care.

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Our task force will be offering three interactive symposia at this year’s ACRM Annual Conference in Chicago:

  1. Handling tough clinical conversations: Key communication skills and resources to help build better connections #53
  2. Opioid Management Boot Camp #176
  3. Methadone Management Boot Camp #183

Please plan to join us as participants in these hot topic sessions!

We are also happy to report that our resident member, Vanessa Gallegos-Kearin, is presenting a poster at this year’s ACRM conference on trends in cancer patients admitted to inpatient rehabilitation facilities over time.

If you are a member of ACRM and interested in joining our Quality of Life and Palliative Care Task Force discussions, please contact Rebecca Kirch as we are recruiting for more members.

Please contact the task force chairs for further information:

Brian McMichael, MDBrian D. McMichael, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Columbus, OH

Rebecca KirchRebecca Kirch, JD
Executive Vice President, Healthcare Quality and Value, National Patient Advocate Foundation