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Monday, July 15, 2013

New 'conversation guide' helps doctors discuss end-of-life care with patients

Today's Globe and Mail has a story about a new conversation guide for doctors. It's designed to help doctors in hospitals to talk with patients and their families about end-of-life care. Few people are really comfortable talking about end-of-life care, unless it's in a boardroom in the lawyer's office and everyone is in great health, so that the need for the actual care seems safely remote.

However, it's important to find out what a person's wishes may be in terms of care, or refusal of care. If we don't ask, how are we to know? I have met very few doctors who stop and talk to patients and family members about this, though I did encounter one very empathetic, involved doctor at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital in the palliative care wing a couple of years ago. I applaud the initiative of doctors to get better at this conversation.

Click here to read the story.

1 comment:

  1. I think it is a very good idea that can help the Doctors in getting the real information about a patients and their family's state of health,so as to enable the Doctor administer the right treatment on the patient.

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