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Timing is Everything: Improving the quality and timeliness of critical end-of-life conversations

End-of-Life Talks DOA? New System Seeks Remedy
Bridget M. Kuehn

March 15, 2016, Medscape

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/860405

CHICAGO — An intervention that included physician training, a system for identifying patients nearing the end of life, and electronic medical record prompts led to more and earlier end-of-life discussions, according to new research.

In a cluster-randomized trial, a systematic intervention involving the discussion of end-of-life care was compared with usual care in adult oncology outpatients. …

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What Really Matters at the End of Life

What Really Matters at the End of Life
BJ Miller, Palliative Caregiver
At the end of our lives, what do we most wish for? For many, it’s simply comfort, respect, love. BJ Miller is a palliative care physician at Zen Hospice Project who thinks deeply about how to create a dignified, graceful end of life for his patients. Take the time to savor this moving talk, which asks …

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Changing the Conversation from “What’s the Matter?” to “What Matters?”

A Vision for “What Matters to You?”

What if every clinician, staff member, and community health worker routinely asked, “What matters to you?” — and listened attentively at every encounter with individuals and their family members? What would we learn? How would understanding “What Matters” enhance our ability to develop genuine partnerships with individual patients?

Clinicians, health care staff, and community health workers around the world seek to understand the …

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