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Being Mortal


Which Doctors Should “Own” End Of Life Planning?

This piece was first published in Reuters Health. President Randi Belisomo is a contributor. The duty to guide patients through the end-of-life decision-making process rests squarely upon primary care providers, writes one internist in The New England Journal of Medicine, maintaining that her colleagues should better support seriously ill patients earlier and throughout the course of disease. Susan Tolle, director […]

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Being Mortal: Frontline Explores Death And Dying

PBS Frontline brought frank discussion about death and dying to American homes Tuesday night with “Being Mortal,” a passionate documentary based on Dr. Atul Gawande’s bestselling book of the same name. Americans face many challenges in initiating end of life care conversations, said Gawande, a general surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Seriously ill patients often focus on […]

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Media Landscape Opens Opportunity For Earlier, Better End Of Life Care: ASCO’s Inaugural Palliative Care Symposium

The prevalence of end of life decisions in current media and literature provides an opening for physicians to prompt conversations about the subject with patients, said Dr. Anthony Back, a Seattle Cancer Care Alliance medical oncologist, in remarks to the Palliative Care Oncology Symposium in Boston. Before beginning such difficult dialogue, however, he offered frameworks to […]

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Dr. Atul Gawande Chicago: A Plea For Better End Of Life Care In Chicago

In order to provide better medical care to the seriously ill, physicians must ask patients about their goals of care and end of life wishes, said Dr. Atul Gawande, bestselling author of Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. Gawande, a general surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, addressed hundreds of […]

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