About Fast Facts and Concepts

Fast Facts and Concepts provide concise, practical, peer-reviewed, and evidence-based summaries on key topics important to clinicians and trainees caring for patients facing life-limiting illnesses.

Fast Facts are designed to be easily accessible and clinically relevant monographs on palliative care topics. They are intended to be quick teaching tools for bedside rounds, as well as self-study material for health care professional trainees and clinicians who work with patients with life-limiting illnesses.

Fast Facts and Concepts were started in 2000 by Eric Warm MD as a teaching tool at the University of Cincinnati and subsequently adopted as a standard feature of the National End-of-Life Residency Education Project (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation). They have continued to be published and supported by the End of Life/Palliative Education Resource Center (EPERC) at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

David Weissman MD edited Fast Fasts from 2001 until January 2007. Drew Rosielle MD has edited them since. The EPERC and Fast Fact website was updated in 2009 and all Fast Facts were re-edited into a more standardized format. Judi Rehm and Lisa Pelzek-Braun of the Medical College of Wisconsin put tremendous effort into the success of the website revision.

Fast Facts and Concepts are published approximately twice a month by EPERC. They are also cross-published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine, at the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Website, and elsewhere. Fast Facts are a free educational resource and can be reprinted, with proper attribution, for non-commercial educational purposes.

If you would like to receive email updates of new Fast Facts, contact Rose Hackbarth (rhackbar@mcw.edu) and ask to be added to the Fast Fact email distribution list.