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Palliative Connect: Digitizing the Physician’s Intuition to Prompt Critical Conversations


June 20, 2018


The PAIR Center's Nina O’Connor, MD, Chief of Palliative Care for Penn Medicine, discusses Palliative Connect, a predictive analytics-driven program, developed in collaboration with Penn Data Science and the Palliative Care Program. Starting as a small pilot, Palliative Connect is now in clinical practice at two Penn Medicine hospitals.


Source: Penn Medicine News Blog


Using Default Options and Other Nudges to Improve Critical Care

Using Default Options and Other Nudges to Improve Critical Care


February 28, 2018


Director Scott D. Halpern gives a plenary talk on the use of nudges in critical care at the 47th Critical Care Congress.


Source: Society of Critical Care Medicine


The PAIR Center is One of Four Pioneers Featured in Cambia Health Foundation White Paper

February 8, 2018


The Cambia Health Foundation publication "Palliative Care Centers in the U.S.: Emergence, Lessons Learned and Advice from Pioneers" highlights the work of the PAIR Center as helping to transform the palliative care delivery system in the US. 

CBS: Morning Rounds

CBS Morning Rounds:

Advance Healthcare Directives


July 22nd, 2017


CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook and CBS News contributor Dr. Tara Narula join "CBS This Morning: Saturday" to discuss how many Americans have advance directives regarding their medical care.


Source: CBS News​​​​​​

Failing to Complete End-of-Life Directives

Failing to Complete End-of-Life Directives


July 13, 2017


In a WTOP-FM interview, July issue author Katherine Courtright explains why only one in three US adults complete advance directives for end-of-life care.


Source: Health Affairs Newsmakers Podcast

NBC: Nightly News with Lester Holt

A Look at a New, Bold Experiment at UPenn for Organ Transplants


June 24, 2017


Doctors at the University of Pennsylvania treated 10 patients on the organ transplant waiting list with a Hepatitis C infected kidney. All 10 got the virus and were treated with one pill for 12 weeks. Today, all 10 are healthy with functioning kidneys.


Source: NBC Nightly News

Helping Patients Complete Advance Directives

Helping Patients Completing Advance Directives


February 25, 2016


David Laibson, PhD, Punam A. Keller, PhD, and Scott D. Halpern, MD, PhD discuss difficulties and barriers that prevent people from completing advance directives.


Source: NEJM Catalyst

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Accuracy of Health Outcome Predictions


August 9, 2017


How well can doctors and nurses really predict the outcomes of their ICU patients? In this episode, Dr. Scott Halpern from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine, discusses how he and he colleagues explored the discriminative accuracy of ICU physicians and nurses in predicting the outcomes patients. 


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When I Die Let Me Live


A podcast exploring death, dying, and coping with serious illness.


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Avoiding Low-Value Care

Avoiding Low-Cost Care


April 9th, 2014


Carrie Colla, Scott Halpern, and Bruce Landon discuss decision making regarding low-value care in a video roundtable moderated by Atul Gawande. 


Source: The New England Journal of Medicine

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