Hospice Resources For Medical Professionals

Gentle Shepherd is a compassionate hospice serving Roanoke, VA and Lynchburg, VA.

We have curated helpful journal articles and resources that are available 24/7 to answer questions and support you, your patients and their families.

If you would like to discuss whether hospice might be right for your patient, please call us at  800-789-0586.

Pandemic Underscores Need for End-of-Life Training

University of Virginia clinicians discuss how training healthcare providers can help patients and their families face the end of life. 

Key Considerations for Effective Serious Illness Communication Over Video or Telephone During the COVID-19

Article in Annals of Internal Medicine, May 14, 2020

Having End-of-life Discussions

Tony C. Campbell, MD, MSCI discusses ways healthcare providers can begin this process in an interview with Oncology Live, a sister publication of Oncology Nursing News.

Talking to Families About Critically Ill Patients

A study reported in the Journal of American Medical Association reviews discussions with families of critically ill patients and their values and preferences for end-of-life care.

Palliative Care: Benefits, Barriers, And Best Practices

“Studies show that patients who receive hospice care have improved quality of life, with less depression and symptom burden; feel more in control; are able to avoid risks associated with treatment and hospitalization; and have decreased costs with improved utilization of health care resources.” American Family Physician, Dec 2013.

The Role Of The Family Physician In The Referral And Management Of Hospice Patients

Family Practice Management, March 2008, pages 18-22.

Why Falls And Fractures In The Elderly Can Be A Trigger For Hospice Care

Sarah Phillips, MD, Hospice of the Panhandle Medical Director, The Journal, Jan 28, 2019.

“Knowing Is Better”: Preferences Of Diverse Older Adults For Discussing Prognosis.

Division of Geriatrics, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco.

The Elder Project: Evaluating End-Of-Life Knowledge Among Health Care Providers

Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, February 2016

Resources for Family Caregivers

Refer your patients and their families to our online e-library with evidence-based educational articles to help support families caring for the seriously ill.

Educational Information for Discharge Planners And Social Workers to Share with Families

Our online library for family caregivers includes articles you can print out to help families manage difficult symptoms.