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What Is Palliative Care?
Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. It focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. Its goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. Palliative care focuses on symptoms. It also helps to gain the strength to carry on with daily life. It improves the ability to tolerate medical treatments. And it helps to have more control over patient’s care by improving their understanding of their choices for treatment
Speaker: Dr. Stefan Friedrichsdorf, MD, FAAP
Dr. Stefan Friedrichsdorf is medical director of the Department of Pain Medicine, Palliative Care and Integrative Medicine at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics in Minnesota, Minneapolis/St. Paul – one of the largest and most comprehensive programs of its kind in the country.
The pain & palliative care program is devoted to control acute, chronic/complex and procedural pain in all in- and outpatients in close collaboration with all pediatric subspecialties at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics. The team also provides holistic, interdisciplinary care for children and teens with life-limiting or terminal diseases and their families. Integrative Medicine provides and teaches integrative, non-pharmacological therapies (such as massage, acupuncture/acupressure, biofeedback, aromatherapy, selfhypnosis) to provide care that promotes optimal health and supports the highest level of functioning in all individual child’s activities. Dr. Friedrichsdorf sees pediatric patients as inpatients, in the interdisciplinary pain clinic, in the palliative care clinic, or in the community/at home.
The department received the “Circle of Life Award” by the American Hospital Association in 2008, was selected as a Palliative Care Leadership Center for the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), and the 2013 recipient of the “Clinical Centers of Excellence in Pain Management Award” by the American Pain Society.
Dr. Friedrichsdorf received his MD degree from the Medical University of Lübeck, Germany (Doctoral Thesis: “Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis in Children: Interleukin Profile and Characterization of Intralesional Cells”), completed his pediatric residency at the University of Witten/Herdecke, Germany (Children’s Hospital in Datteln), and undertook his fellowship in Pediatric Pain & Palliative Care at the University of Sydney, Australia (Children’s Hospital at Westmead). He is board certified in Pediatrics, a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a Diplomate of the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and trained in hypnosis by the National Pediatric Hypnosis Training Institute.
He is the Principal Investigator of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) / National Cancer Institute (NCI) five-year multisite study on the creation, implementation and evaluation of a Pediatric Palliative Care Curriculum (EPEC-Pediatrics) and is course director of the annual week-long “Pediatric Pain Master Class”. He is associate editor of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. Dr. Friedrichsdorf lectures extensively nationally and internationally about pediatric pain medicine, palliative care and integrative medicine and has a track record of publications in the field, including contributions to more than 20 books on the subject. Dr. Friedrichsdorf received the “2011 Immigrant of Distinction Award”, sponsored by the Minnesota/Dakotas AILA Chapter and the “2011 Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Award”.
He also has worked as a newspaper delivery boy, factory worker, remotely talented actor, assistant nurse, journalist, paramedic, EMT, life-guard, and youth group leader. He is happily married to Ruth and they live in Minneapolis with their three young children.