Cookies on the ehospice website

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. We also use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the ehospice website. However, if you would like to, you can change your cookie settings at any time.

Enhancing the expectation of healing: Cicely Saunders Annual Lecture now available online

23 July 2015

Dr Eduardo Bruera, Professor and FT McGraw Chair in the Treatment of Cancer, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, delivered the Cicely Saunders Annual Lecture on the 10th anniversary of the death of Dame Cicely.

The Lecture, entitled ‘Clinical interventions to enhance the expectation of healing: continuing on the pathway of Dame Cicely’ is now available to view online. 


Dr Bruera thanked the Cicely Saunders Institute for inviting him to give the lecture, paying tribute to Dame Cicely for "guiding and inspiring" all of those working in palliative care today. He reminded those listening of the importance of considering aspects of the person's life apart from their disease. He presented a review of clinical research on how the delivery of palliative care can be more effective by subtle interventions such as:

  • making changes in the physical environment, such as adding ambient music or removing a waiting room, 
  • measuring symptoms
  • differences in posture (e.g.: sitting vs. standing)
  • communication style
  • aspects of the physical exam
  • giving prompt sheets; and 
  • audio recording and phone care interventions.

You can access the full lecture online on the Cicely Saunders Institute Youtube channel.

See more articles in Education

Comments | 0 comments

There are currently no comments. To be the first to make a comment...

Add comment

Denotes required field

Your Name



Recommended articles

Recommended Jobs

Recommended Events