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Shared via Amy Florian – When a doctor and patient disagree about care at the end of life – The Washington Post — Loss, Grief, Transitions and Relationship Support

The end was near, but the patient wanted even painful interventions to buy more time. Source: When a doctor and patient disagree about care at the end of life – The Washington Post

via Shared via Amy Florian – When a doctor and patient disagree about care at the end of life – The Washington Post — Loss, Grief, Transitions and Relationship Support

What an insightful post! This line is very important: “End-of-life discussions are opportunities to learn more, to start a conversation that we as doctors have been missing out on for quite a while. Once we listen enough to learn, maybe those “goals of care” discussions will start focusing on the goals of the patient, not the doctor.”

As professionals I think the question to ask ourselves is why am I so afraid to have that discussion with a patient/client? There are many resources available from books, to articles to webinars and ‘kits’ to help one with the topic of death and dying. Start with yourself and think about what you want, how you want to be treated, where do you want to be if you are diagnosed with only a few months to live. Once you have your own answers and have given this topic thought-it will be easier to speak to others……