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Susan D. Block, MD

Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Professor, Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

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

Physician, Psychiatry, Brigham And Women's Hospital

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 interventions to improve communication about end-of-life care for patients with serious and life-threatening illness. In collaboration with Atul Gawande, we are testing a Serious Illness Communication Checklist, designed to improve the achievement of patient goals at the end of life, and to support patient and family adjustment and quality of life in patients with cancer, heart disease, and other illnesses. We are also conducting a study designed to test an intervention designed to enhance advance care planning in patients who are anticipating high-risk surgery, with the goal of enhancing the provision of goal-consistent care. In addition, I am involved in developing and evaluating competency-based palliative care educational interventions andresearch on end-of-life communication.

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