Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Palliative Care and Everyday Heroes

The topic of a recent EconTalk podcast was end-of-life care giving, a new specialty in medical care known as Palliative care.  And let me say upfront that this was one of the best EconTalk espisodes I've ever listened to, one that I can't recommend highly enough.  Click here to access the podcast; below is its description:
Becky Liddicoat Yamarik, Hospice Palliative Care Physician, talks to EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the joys and challenges of providing care for terminally ill patients. The two discuss the services palliative care provides, how patients make choices about quality of life and when to stop receiving treatment, conflicts of interest between patients and families, and patients' preparedness to make these decisions.
One of the main reasons I enjoyed this episode is because I found it inspiring, despite its rather somber topic.  Becky Yamarik is a fabulous guest and I walked away full of awe and admiration for her and those who do what she does for a living.  She's an example of an everyday hero -- and in honor of her, I've attached the "heroes" label to this OLS blogpost entry.

One last point here: In this episode, Roberts occasionally discusses with Yamarik aspects of a previous episode of EconTalk in which Roberts interviewed a terminally cancer patient, a gentleman named D.G. Myers (sadly, Myers passed way in the last few weeks).  That episode is also extremely powerful and moving, and if you have the time and interest, it's definitely beneficial to listen to the Myers episode before you turn to the Yamarik podcast above.  In my book, listening to these podcasts fit in the category of "behaviors that make you a better human being."