This special series is part of a collaboration between San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine and Medscape and is designed to provide practicing clinicians with expert commentary and practical guidance on a range of topics related to palliative and end-of-life care.


  • Life Before Death: Total Pain and Mental Health   Experts from across the world describe the relationship between emotions and pain.
  • Life Before Death: Pain in China   Chinese cancer and pain specialists discuss the reluctance to use opioids, and the role of traditional Chinese medicine in the treatment of cancer pain.
  • Life Before Death: Grassroots Palliative Care   In India, palliative care is a community effort that has made enormous progress in allowing citizens to die in comfort and with dignity.
  • Life Before Death: Cancer Pain   'Life Before Death' is a documentary series focusing on palliative care and pain management, highlighting patients and health professionals worldwide.
  • Intravenous Opioid Infusions in Comfort Care   When patients are receiving 'comfort care,' acute symptoms of pain and dyspnea are quickly controlled with IV boluses of opioids. Learn how here.
  • Agitation: Get It Under Control Quickly   What is an agitation ‘code’? Use antipsychotics effectively to get reversible delirium under control quickly. Scott A. Irwin, MD, PhD, of IPM, tells you how to do it.
  • Psychopharmacology for Children With Advanced Illnesses a Challenge
    Jeremy M. Hirst, MD, comments on the psychopharmacologic treatment of children and adolescents with advanced illness.