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Susan D. Block, MD

Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Professor, Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Physician, Psychiatry, Brigham And Women's Hospital

Chair, Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Contact Info

Susan Block
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
450 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA, 02215
Phone: 617-582-9202
Fax: 617-632-6180
sblock@partners.org

Assistant

Cheryl Adamick
Executive Support Specialist
Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
450 Brookline Avenue
SW411
Boston, MA, 02215
Phone: 617-582-9202
Fax: 617-632-6180
cadamick@partners.org

DF/HCC Program Affiliation

Outcomes Research
Palliative Care, Leader

DF/HCC Associations

Member, Center Scientific Council

Research Abstract

My current research is focused on developing and testing simple interventions to improve communication about end-of-life care for patients with serious and life-threatening illness. In a collaboration with Ariadne Labs, a laboratory for health systems innovation, we are conducting a randomized controlled trial of a novel, multi-component intervention, the Serious Illness Communication Program, designed to enhance quality of life, peacefulness, and goal-consistent care in patients with cancer, heart disease, and other illnesses. We have demonstrated that the intervention is feasible and acceptable to patients and physicians and are beginning to examine our key outcomes.

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