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StudioTulsa on Health: Understanding and Administering Palliative Care

Aired on Friday, January 18th.

Our ongoing StudioTulsa on Health series continues as we present an interesting discussion with Dr. Jennifer Clark, the Division Director of the Center for Palliative Care at OU-Tulsa's School of Community Medicine, where she is also an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. Dr. Clark, who additionally serves as the Palliative Care Medical Director at Hillcrest Medical Center here in Tulsa, talks to guest host John Henning Schumann about what palliative care is, and what it isn't. It is a rather recent, and clearly emerging, discipline within health care that focuses on relieving and preventing, as much as possible, the suffering of patients. And it isn't simply a synonym for hospice care. Dr. Clark also speaks in depth about her own training and scholarship as a physician --- and about how she herself came to work in this cutting-edge area of medicine. She also addresses the history and development of palliative care more broadly. (You can read a detailed academic/professional bio for Dr. Clark --- and learn more about palliative medicine --- at this link.)

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