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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 big questions …Read More

A nurse with fatal breast cancer says end-of-life discussions saved her life

By Amy Berman September 28 To: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: News reports say you will soon make a final decision about paying doctors and other providers who talk to their patients about end-of-life planning, I have a fatal form of breast cancer, and I’d like to tell you how such conversations have allowed me to survive, and live well, in the five years since my diagnosis. I am …Read More

The I.C.U is Not a Pause Button – NYTimes Opinionator

By KRISTEN MCCONNELL AUGUST 26, 2015 With my elderly stroke patient’s back arched and his head tilted back, too many angles of his skeleton were on display. A nose covered in thin gray skin sliced the air like a shark fin, and beneath it his mouth hung open. He didn’t look like he was resting. Read the entire piece here.

Experts on Dying, Aging as They Lived – from the New York Times Opinionator

By ALEXANDRA BUTLER JUNE 17, 2015 At 10 years old I knew my parents did not wish to be resuscitated nor plugged into machines in the event of serious illness. They told me they were not afraid of death but rather of being kept alive at any cost. I knew they would refuse medical interventions, if they felt there was no purpose except to separate the dying from their deaths. They were …Read More

End-of-life counsel from doctors seen as lacking

Americans routinely tell researchers they don’t want to spend their final days tethered to machines in a hospital, preferring to die at home with less invasive treatments. But that rarely happens. Now, a study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital suggests the biggest reason for that disconnect appears to be the doctors who treat those patients. The physicians, the study suggests, have outsized influence in shaping how patients spend their final …Read More

Australian Professor Talks About ACP

Associate Professor Charlie Corke, an Intensive Care Specialist in an Australian hospital speaks from a physicians perspective on the importance of advance care planning. He points out that talking to loved ones, family and medical professionals increases the likelihood that a patients wishes will be honored for near end -of-life care. 

Making Certain Your Wishes are Known to Family and Physicians

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…

April 16th is National Healthcare Decisions Day

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.  

Computer Program Shows Promise for Advance Care Planning

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