Fulfillment of Working in Palliative Care: Dr. Goldman loves his work. He feels privileged to be able to meet fascinating people and their families in situations where there are often at their best. He appreciates their appreciation. And he derives satisfaction from making a difficult situation a little bit easier.
How ALS Care is Different: Dr. Goldman identifies 2 key areas where ALS care is different for the patient and family. As a palliative care physician, he shows great sensitivity in meeting the differing needs and wishes of each family.
How He Became Involved: Dr. Russell Goldman recounts how his involvement with palliative started 18 years ago, right at the beginning of his career, when he was disillusioned with the quality of care at that time and felt there must be a better way.
How He Helps Families Make ALS Care Decisions: Dr. Goldman understands that many decisions require a fair bit of thinking and he helps the families wherever possible by giving them information and giving them time.
Insights on End of Life Care: Dr. Goldman observes how remarkable it is that families are able to rally around and provide end of life care for a loved one and how meaningful that experience is for the family.
Insights on Quality of Life: Dr. Goldman shares some profound insights and inspiration, learned from his ALS patients, about the adaptability of the human spirit when it comes to defining quality of life. He frequently sees his patients moving the goalposts as new circumstances dont seem as challenging as imagined.
The Benefits of the BiPAP: Dr. Goldman sees much value in the BiPAP assisted breathing device for enhancing quality of life. He points out that its not an all or nothing measure and can be used according to the patients needs.