Doctors struggle with conducting end-of-life conversations with their patients

A large study published in PLOS ONE identified common barriers doctors face in conducting end-of-life (EOL) conversations with their patients. 1040 doctors from various medical specialties participated in the study and only 0.01 % doctors reported no barriers to conducting EOL conversations with patients. 99.99% doctors reported barriers with 85.7% finding it very challenging to conduct EOL conversations with all patients and especially so with patients whose ethnicity was different than their own. …  Continue »

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In honor of National Healthcare Decisions Day: A reminder for patients to address end-of-life issues

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When San Jose, Calif. residents Shirley and Eddie Jones wanted to discuss their end-of-life wishes, they encountered resistance from an unexpected source. As detailed in the video above, their beloved children refused to participate in the conversation. As with the Jones, the people who love you the most may not be willing to help you […]

Decision-Making about Dialysis

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More than 20 million Americans, one in 10 adults, have some form of chronic kidney disease. For those suffering from chronic kidney disease or end-stage renal disease, dialysis is a commonly recommended treatment. But a story published today in the New York Times reports that for older patients the treatment is increasingly being seen as an […]

Veteran’s Day 2014: Jerry Romano’s end-of-life care testimonial

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As the population is aging, there is a great need for quality patient-centered, family oriented care for all older adults and their families. Over the past decade, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has been well recognized for the very high quality of care provided to seriously ill veterans and their families. In fact,  the […]

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by Paul Kleyman, New America Media, June 2, 2014 SAN FRANCISCO—A new study questions whether doctors providing end-of-life care are “prolonging life, or are we prolonging the dying process,” said lead researcher VJ Periyakoil, MD, who directs Stanford Medical School’s Palliative Care Education and Training program. The study, titled “Do Unto Others,” reveals that even […]

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Why Multiethnic Doctors Struggle With Patients’ End-of-Life Care

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Photo: V.J. Periyakoil, MD, directs Stanford University’s Palliative Care Education & Training Program (Richard Springer) New America Media, News Report, Liz Seegert, Posted: May 05, 2015 SANTA CLARA, Calif.–A provocative examination of end-of-life care brought this question into sharp focus for journalists attending the recent Health Journalism 2015 conference here. Paul Kleyman, who moderated a […]

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