The Proxy Predicament: Making Medical Decisions for Others is Hard

Most of us will lose our ability to make medical decisions for ourselves as we get closer to the last phase of life. At this point, our proxy decision makers will have to make decisions for is. It is impossible for us to truly know what another person may want for themselves in terms of medical decisions. Most proxy decision makers are usually stressed to the maximum in trying to weigh the pros and cons and make decisions for the patient. This process is so much easier if every adult takes 10 minutes to …  Continue »

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High School students trained to become cultural ambassadors for aging and end of life issues

Photo: San Jose Leadership school training day at Stanford

To improve end-of-life care in the United States, especially among minorities, much work will need to be done to build trusting relationships, ones in which patients feel comfortable in engaging in end-of-life conversations. Based on recommendations from multi-ethnic patients and families, Stanford launched the Letter Project, a grass-roots campaign to empower multi-ethnic patients to initiate […]

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

Photo: Letter Project

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 […]

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Learn about Physician Assisted Death: California End of Life Option Act Goes Live

Photo: PAD family meeting

The  State of California has implemented the End of Life Option Act which goes live on June 9, 2015. According to this law, any adult with intact decision making capacity, who has a terminal illness and an anticipated lifespan of six months or less has the right to ask her/his attending physician for an aid-in-dying […]

Veterans and Palliative Care with Dr. VJ Periyakoil

This weekend on YOUR HEALTH® Radio Dr. Adam Goldstaein & Dr. Cristy Page are talking with Dr. VJ Periyakoil, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Stanford University about Veterans and Palliative Care. Listen to the show here. YOUR HEALTH® is a weekly one hour radio talk show on patient health produced by the University of […]

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