Doctors: How you can approach end-of-life conversations

Doctors: How you can approach end-of-life conversations

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Doctors are trained to maintain health and treat illnesses, but not all are skilled in formulating effective end-of-life conversations for dying patients and affected family members. Here we see some tips on how to approach this.
26 Oct 2016 - General
The article provides great tips on how to initiate and execute end-of-life goals. Documentation is the most important of all of these steps. Putting everything into writing makes a clear-cut document that the patient (or spouse or nearest kin) decided on this specific choices shall the time arise for decision making on his or health. As Marinelle Castro , a multidisciplinary approach is often helpful for the fami...
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This is such a difficult task for doctors. On how to start or discuss the status of their patient. If doctors are given a chance to make you survive this terminal illness, they would love to they may even think of miracles, but unfortunately not. Spilling out this kind of information is needed. There is no easy way out. Usually doctors are knowlegeable and aware of the process of coping with dying. It is called 'DABDA' comes from Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and eventually Accep...
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Patients who are diagnosed with a terminal illness with an estimated prognosis of 6 months or less should be spoken to about end-of-life care options. However, this is not usually feasible because most of the time, patients become so engrossed with the thought of dying, and they need time to go through the stages of acceptance. Once the doctor feels that the family and the patient are ready to have "the talk", then its time to initiate end-of-life care options. This is to avoid last mi...
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Dealing with patients at the end stage of their lives is an integral part of any clinician’s job. Doctors know it’s important to talk with their patients about end-of-life care. But they’re finding it tough to start those conversations — and when they do, they’re not sure what to say. It is urged that end-of-life conversations not just to accommodate patients’ desires, but to save money on aggressive medical interventions that patients and their families don’t want and that won’t prolong life. T...
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