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A Piece of My Mind
May 23/30, 2017

Finding Joy in Practice: Cocreation in Palliative Care

Author Affiliations
  • 1Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Hanover and Lebanon, New Hampshire
JAMA. 2017;317(20):2065-2066. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.1109

Four years ago, after nearly 20 years in practice, I walked out of the familiar world of infectious disease and into the world of palliative care. In the world I left, I cared for hundreds of patients, educated countless learners, led dozens of infection prevention efforts. But that world felt increasingly superficial, fragmented, isolated, a hard place to find joy and meaning in my work.

I discovered a different world in palliative care, a world that—I think I can say—embodies cocreation.1,2 Spend a day with me and see what you think.

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