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Renowned Physician shares his expertise on palliative care, pain and symptom management at Forrest General Hospice event - Forrest Health
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    Published on March 20, 2014

    Renowned Physician shares his expertise on palliative care, pain and symptom management at Forrest General Hospice event

    HATTIESBURG, Miss. – (March 20, 2014) On Wednesday, March 19, John P. “Jack” McNulty, M.D., FACP, FAAHPM, presented two seminars on Palliative Care for Suffering Patients and Improving the Care of Suffering. The Louisiana-Mississippi Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (LMHPCO) events were held in Forrest General’s Pine Room.

    Dr. McNulty is President of the Palliative Care Institute of Southeast, Louisiana. He has served as a Palliative Medicine educator, bedside clinician and teacher from 1999 to present and as the Medical Director for Hospice of St. Tammany in Covington, Louisiana from 1999 to 2012. Dr. McNulty is board certified in Internal Medicine and Palliative Medicine.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine.

    “Dr. McNulty has presented 130 lectures on palliative care, pain and symptom management and ethics since 2001,” said Melita Miller, director of Forrest General Home Care and Hospice. “It’s an honor to have Dr. McNulty at Forrest General Hospital to present to our staff and physicians on understanding the mission of palliative and hospice and how to improve communication and treatment for suffering patients.”

    During times of terminal illness and loss, Forrest General Hospice has been instrumental in providing care and improving the quality of life for terminally ill patients and their families. Hospice care emphasizes maintaining dignity, improving quality of life and providing compassionate care and comfort.

    Topics for Palliative Care for Suffering Patients included “Palliative Care Then and Now” and “Difficult Conversations.” The presentation targeted nurses, social workers, chaplains and other healthcare professionals devoted to caring for suffering patients by helping them to:

    • Understand the mission of palliative care and its role in helping to correct the gaps in care of the suffering
    • Learn how all members of a palliative or hospice team can update their symptom management of suffering patients and families
    • Improve their ability to communicate with patients and families during difficult conversations

    Topics for Improving the Care of the Suffering included “Palliative Care Then and Now” and “Opioids for Pain and Dyspnea in Suffering Patients.” The presentation was designed to help local practicing physicians, hospitalists, hospice and Palliative Care physicians, hospice medical directors, nurse practitioners and hospital administrators: 

    • Understand why the need for Palliative Medicine as a subspecialty developed over time
    • Remove some of the barriers to the use of opioids in treating suffering patients
    • Know the significant difference between acute and chronic pain, and why chronic pain is more difficult to relieve
    • Become comfortable prescribing opioids using a simple protocol
    • Learn how to convert from one opioid to another using a four-step format

    “After a long medical career, it is a privilege to travel and teach about important new improvements in care of the suffering whether patients are in hospice or palliative care,” said Dr. McNulty.

    The Palliative Rural Education Project provides education at no cost to physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains and other healthcare professionals interested in becoming more knowledgeable regarding palliative care, pain management and difficult conversations. This project is being made possible through a generous grant from the Palliative Care Institute (PCI). Dr. McNulty spearheads this project.

    For more information on Forrest General Hospice call 601-288-2500 or 1-800-844-8797 or visit

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