Dr. Ira Byock, a national expert on palliative care, will talk about how to live and die well. When: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015 Where: Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. Cost: Free Info:http://washington.providence.org/events/phc/ira-byock-conference/ or www.providence.org/institute-for-human-caring. October 25, 2015 Erica Curless The Spokesman-Review Americans are dying all wrong – spending too much time and money in hospitals and intensive care units receiving invasive treatments instead of enjoying those last, valuable days …Read More
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Often wishes for end-of-life care are diligently written down, providing very specific details about an individuals preferences for care should they be incapable of stating those wishes. Many times these documents are then placed in a safe or tucked away for ‘when that times comes’. However, just having a document is never enough. Read about what happened to one family…
Watch this inspiring video to learn more about the importance of advance care planning and how the National Healthcare Decisions Day is promoting the Speak Up campaign. Watch the brief the video and think about “who will speak for you?”. Click here to find more information about National Healthcare Decisions Day.
Advance care planning (ACP) research is underway for many culturally and racially diverse communities. According to the article based on the study, “Making Your Wishes Known: Planning Your Medical Future (MYWK) has the potential to overcome some important barriers to ACP among African Americans. Participants’ high satisfaction with how MYWK guided them through the process of ACP is particularly promising in light of concerns by some that ACP is a …Read More
Talking about ones own mortality, and the clinical events leading up to death, is typically not considered a humorous topic, however, one organization found that adding the laugh factor to advance care planning actually helped people feel more comfortable about the conversation. Read more….
Often health care professionals focus on a ‘checklist’ of questions to identify the underlying reasons for a persons physical, mental or emotional health. This may not always get to the answers that matter most to individuals. Read more about this personal account from a medical student based on finding out what really matters…and why. Click to read article…
One of the repeated themes over the past year has been the lack of knowledge, comfort and communication skills that physicians and health care professionals face with their patients at end of life. The University of New England is doing something about this by immersing medical students into hospice and palliative care programs. According to the article, “…the pilot Hospice Immersion Project provided unique exposure to end-of-life care in a …Read More