In honor of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month in November, San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine hosted the #WeAreHospice tweet chat. We were truly impressed with the level of involvement and support the chat received from our global hospice community. Participants from around the world included health care professionals, advocates, educators, and those who have been personally touched by a hospice and palliative care experience. We want to thank every single one of the 49 participants for joining the conversation.
For those of you who may have missed it, we discussed current challenges and initiatives in our hospice and palliative care industry. We also shared personal stories and memories that inspire us to be a part of the hospice community. Here are a few highlights from the conversation:
- @AAHPM, the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine joined the tweet chat “as the physician member organization supporting the work you all do” and their comment ”Every conversation is an opportunity for education,” resounded with many of our participants.
- @ConnieCarr_FNP, a nurse practitioner since 1977, also joined the chat to answer questions from a clinician’s point of view. She tweeted that she’d like to help change the perception of what hospice nurses really do in the community and discussed care for Veterans in the hospice community.
- @MiraclesGoddess shared inspirational stories about her experience with hospice care during her mother’s end-of-life journey.
- @NHPCO_News is the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), the largest nonprofit membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States. Looking towards the future, NHPCO noted the “opportunities to improve quality as hospices prepare for required quality reporting in 2013.”
The importance of collaboration, advocacy, and compassion echoed throughout the conversation. Promoting access to hospice and palliative care by creating opportunities to speak out about these issues is the spirit of the #WeAreHospice tweet chat. We appreciate everyone who participated in this inaugural chat and look forward to collaborating with our great hospice and palliative care community in the years (and tweet chats) to come.