Dying is never easy to talk about, and even doctors sometimes fear that discussing end-of-life care with their patients will distress them. But that’s not true, according to Rachelle Bernacki, MD, and Susan Block, MD, of the Center for Palliative Care at Harvard Medical School. In a review of best practices published in the October 2014 JAMA Internal Medicine journal, they concluded that early discussions about end-of-life care result in better quality of life and positive family outcomes.
People have options when it comes to end-of-life decisions, and knowing someone’s wishes can make it easier for everyone when it’s time, says David A. Fleming, MD, a former president of the American College of Physicians (ACP). More