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Building a Foundation: Aligning Practice with Evidence

Opening Plenary
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
12:30 – 1:30 pm ET

Joan Harrold, MD, MPH, FACP, FAAHPM

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.

Join us to “set the stage” for two days of learning ways to align practice with evidence.  We will:

  • Discuss the current state of evidence-based practice approaches in hospice and palliative care, and
  • Identify methods to analyze clinical literature and discern the utility of evidence-based practice in your setting.   

Joan Harrold, MD, MPH, FACP, FAAHPM

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 (AAHPM), the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (ABHPM), and the Pennsylvania Hospice Network.  Dr. Harrold is the chair of the Professional Education Committee and serves on its various subcommittees.  Her service to NHPCO has also included the Palliative Care Advisory Council, Relatedness Workgroup, Physician Education Subcommittee, the NHPCO/MAC Workgroup, Governance Committee, CMO Council, and the Physician Section of the National Council of Hospice and Palliative Professionals.  Additionally, Dr. Harrold serves on the inaugural Exam Committee of the Hospice Medical Director Certification Board; she formerly served on the American Board of Internal Medicine Examination Committee for Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the Examination Committee for the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Dr. Harrold is co-author of the Handbook for Mortals: Guidance for People Facing Serious Illness (2nd edition, 2011), has participated in peer-reviewed research in hospice care, and is a frequent presenter on national and regional levels.