Jul 15, 2019
Years ago, Martha L. Twaddle, MD, cared for a patient with pulmonary fibrosis. In the years between diagnosis and death, as the patient transitioned from office-based visits to home care to hospice, Twaddle, an internist and palliative care specialist, oversaw this person’s supportive care. During the entire duration of the illness, there were no hospitalizations or emergency department visits, she recalls. Her team’s coordination and communication helped keep those all-too-common occurrences at bay.