Larry Beresford is a freelance medical writer and health care journalist specializing in hospice, palliative care, end-of-life care and related health care fields.

His experience includes authoring the definitive consumer’s guidebook to hospice care (The Hospice Handbook: A Complete Guide, published by Little, Brown & Co.), as well as contributing articles to a variety of health care trade magazines and developing or writing newsletters, columns, manuals and white papers designed for hospice and palliative care managers and clinicians. He is editor of Hospice Compliance Letter, published by the Summit Business Group; co-author (with Dr. Diane Meier) of the Notes from the Field column in theJournal of Palliative Medicine; blogger at the Growth House end-of-life website(www.growthhouse.org); and active participant in the end-of-life care social networking community at Twitter.com.

His mainstream medical writing includes contributions to Anesthesiology Newsand Pain Medicine News (McMahon) and The Hospitalist magazine (John Wiley), as well as authoring a major report on quality in the intensive care unit for the National Coalition on Health Care, Care in the ICU: Teaming Up to Improve Quality. Other site visit-based reports and white papers include:

  • One Patient, One Day: Making Your Hospice a Leader in End-of-Life Care, a manual on how to grow hospice programs, co-authored with Jay Mahoney and Mary Michal;

  • Caring for Kids: How to Develop a Home-based Support Program, a manual and CD-ROM published by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization;

  • VA Transforms End-of-Life Care for Veterans, a report issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs and NHPCO;

  • Financial Implications of Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life Care, from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life Care National Program Office; and

  • Hospital-Hospice Partnerships in Palliative Care: Creating a Continuum of Service, from the Center to Advance Palliative Care.

Larry’s articles have been published in the Washington Post, American Medical News, Medscape, Hospitals & Health Networks, Health Plan, Medicine & Health Perspectives, Business & Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Advancesnewsletter, Hospice Journal, Hospice Magazine, Quality Review Bulletin, VFW Magazine, Future Age and the Baltimore Sun.

His experience also includes participating in two ethics projects at the Hastings Center, Garrison, N.Y.; serving as a hospice patient care volunteer in varied settings for nearly two decades; writing, publishing and performing original poetry; and first-hand participation in family caregiving responsibilities following his wife’s two total knee replacements and two cardiac stent placements.