If we were to breakdown academic medicine along the lines of research and clinical practice, David Casarett, MD, like many physician/researchers, would have to describe his work as a hybrid of both disciplines. For Casarett, though, there is a significant twist; as a palliative medicine physician, his practice focuses on those patients who are near the end of life. Therefore, he would expand the definition of clinical practice—which often emphasizes life-prolonging therapy—to include symptom management, improved quality of life, and psychological and spiritual well-being.
Studying Hospice Care: Learning to Die Well
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Institute on Aging, Fall 2004