How well are the medical and clinical practices of our field aligned with scientific evidence? Do you incorporate the latest research into your practice? Why? And if not, why not?
Sometimes our “usual” approaches to patient care and symptom management become our standard because “it’s how we do things.” The urgencies of meeting patient/family needs can make it difficult to read clinical journals and attend conferences. Even when we do try to keep up with advances in the field, we may lack confidence in our abilities to analyze what we read and hear—and discern which evidence warrants change in practice and which does not.
Dr. Harrold's presentation, "Building a Foundation: Aligning Practice with Evidence," will kick of the two day event that is hosted by NHPCO, AAHPM and HPNA.
Dr. Harrold is the Medical Director and CMO/Vice President of Medical Services of Hospice and Community Care in Lancaster and York, PA. She has more than two decades of experience in hospice and palliative care. Prior to becoming certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, she received her medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia; completed an internal medicine residency at Bowman Grey; and completed a Master of Public Health degree with special emphasis in epidemiology and biostatistics at The George Washington University.
Dr. Harrold serves on the Board of Directors of NHPCO and previously served as a director on the boards of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation, the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine , the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and the Pennsylvania Hospice Network. Dr. Harrold is the chair of the Professional Education Committee and serves on its various subcommittees.
|Joan Harrold, MD, MPH, FACP, FAAHPM|
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