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WVU Foundation announces creation of endowed fund in pain and palliative medicine

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – “No student in the medical fields should graduate without knowing what hospice does and the impact of unmanaged pain in our country,” Malene Davis, West Virginia University graduate (M.S.N./M.B.A.) and current CEO of Capital Caring, said. That’s why Davis decided to found a lectureship. After raising funds among friends and colleagues, Davis, together with Hospice Care Corporation of West Virginia, hosted the first of the Perry G. Fine, M.D., Lecture Series in the fall of 2008. This coming October will mark the fifth annual lecture in which Dr. Fine along with other guest speakers has talked about current issues in palliative care to hospice workers, professors, students and other interested persons from the region. The WVU Foundation has announced the recent creation of an endowed fund to support this project: the Perry G. Fine, M.D., Endowed Fund in Pain and Palliative Medicine. Fine, a clinician and professor at the University of Utah, is one of the leading scholars on pain and palliative care. He has published extensively and has served on scientific advisory boards and the editorial boards of several peer reviewed medical journals. “He is a rock star of the pain world with a hospice heart,” Davis said. Davis and Fine met when they served together on the board of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Fine explained, “I’ve been very vocal about the important role of modern medicine in hospice care. Hospice care needs to move more towards mainstream medicine in terms of collecting outcomes and metrics. Malene shared this vision.” “I want to honor Dr. Fine in West Virginia,” said Davis, “because in his words ‘Pain respects no borders, and in order to help people get the care they need to live their lives to the fullest, I will get on a plane anytime, anywhere.’ I wanted our people serving our moms and dads to have the opportunity to hear him. We have really increased awareness of the need for palliative care and hospice. It’s a dream come true.” Davis hopes that other land-grant institutions will develop their own lectures about palliative pain management. “All medical professionals should ask patients about their comfort levels,” she said. “In West Virginia, when something is needed, we do it.” The lecture series is free and open to the public each October. Free continuing education units are provided.   This gift was made through the WVU Foundation, the private, non-profit corporation that generates, receives and administers private gifts for the benefit of WVU. To contribute to the Perry G. Fine, M.D., Endowed Fund in Pain and Palliative Medicine, please contact the Office of Development at the WVU Health Sciences Center at 304-293-3980 or development@hsc.wvu.edu. [...]

New study examines role of intimate partner violence in workplace homicides among U.S. women

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Researchers from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Injury Control Research Center at West Virginia University (WVU-ICRC) have found that intimate partner violence resulted in 142 homicides among women at work in the U.S. from 2003 to 2008, a figure which represents 22 percent of the 648 workplace homicides among women during the period. The paper, “Workplace homicides among U.S. women: the role of intimate partner violence,” published in the April 2012 issue of “Annals of Epidemiology,” reports that the leading cause of homicides among women was criminal intent, such as those resulting from robberies of retail stores (39 percent), followed closely by homicides carried out by personal relations (33 percent). Nearly 80 percent of these personal relations were intimate partners. Risk factors associated with workplace-related intimate partner homicides include occupation, time of day and location. Women in protective-service occupations had the highest overall homicide rate; however, women in healthcare, production and office/administration had the highest proportion of homicides related to intimate partner violence. Over half of the homicides committed by intimate partners occurred in parking lots and public buildings. “Workplace violence is an issue that affects the entire community,” said NIOSH Director John Howard, M.D. “Understanding the extent of the risk and the precipitators for these events, especially for women, of becoming victims of workplace violence is a key step in preventing these tragedies.” In addition to its focus upon the role of intimate partner violence in workplace homicides among women, the study reports that workplace homicide remains a leading cause of occupational injury death in U.S. women. In fact, in 2010, homicides against women at work increased by 13 percent despite continuous declines in overall workplace homicides in recent years. Other study findings include: •    More U.S. women died on the job as the result of domestic violence than at the hands of a client — such as a student, patient or prisoner — or of a current or former co-worker. •    Workplace homicide rates among women were significantly higher in private workplaces than in federal, state or local workplaces. •    Firearms, knives and other sharp objects were the top items used in workplace homicides against women. •    The most common locations where workplace homicides among women occurred were retail businesses, such as restaurants, cafes, convenience stores, and hotels and motels, followed by commercial stores, public buildings, and parking lots. For further research on workplace violence, visit the NIOSH topic page at www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/violence. NIOSH is a federal agency that conducts research and makes recommendations for preventing work-related injuries, illnesses and deaths. More information can be found at www.cdc.gov/niosh. The WVU-ICRC is a CDC-funded research center which conducts and supports research intended to address national priorities for injury prevention while simultaneously emphasizing topics that are most relevant to West Virginia and the Appalachian region. For additional information on work-related and nonwork-related injury topics, visit the WVU-ICRC website at www.hsc.wvu.edu/icrc. For more information, contact Amy Johns, WVU Healthcare Director of Public Affairs at 304-293-7087, or Stacy M. Downey, CDC/NIOSH Health Communications Specialist at 304-285-6076. [...]

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