Dr. Sarah Friebert begins the interview by describing how she constructed her own academic path during her time as a hematology/oncology fellow and navigated barriers, including her mentor discouraging her and her work in palliative care during her time as a medical trainee. Dr. Friebert then goes on to describe her early career experiences in hospice care and the positive results she had after reaching out to others in the palliative field for inspiration as she developed her own palliative care service model. She also expresses one of the early barriers to delivering palliative care services was a profession-wide focus on curative care, which was "potentially at the cost of quality of life and family wholeness." Additionally, she noted the early disregard of palliative care as "glorified social work." Other barriers she described were territoriality from other physicians, as well as the misconception that hospice and palliative care are the same entity. Dr. Friebert concludes the interview by describing her vision for the future of pediatric palliative care, including the provision of choices of services for families, and a seamless continuum of care. She also hopes that pediatric palliative care will become more fully integrated into health care systems and that palliative services will be accessible both in cost and geographic reach.
Pediatric Palliative Care Oral History Project
Bernard Becker Medical Library, Washington University in St. Louis
"Sarah Friebert Oral History." (2019). OH154-S13-i01, Bernard Becker Medical Library, Washington University in St. Louis.