|[February 21, 2013]
The Conversation Project Brings End-of-Life Conversations to Care Providers
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. --(Business Wire)--
Conversation Project, a public engagement campaign dedicated to
helping families discuss their wishes regarding end-of-life care, today
to Talk to Your Doctor. Developed as a companion to the original Conversation
Starter Kit created to initiate these difficult conversations with
families and loved ones at home, How to Talk to Your Doctor offers a
framework for the next logical step in having end-of-life conversations
- in this case, with health care professionals.
"How to Talk to Your Doctor addresses a critical need from both the
patient and physician sides of the health care community," said Jessica
McCannon, M.D., Pulmonary and Critical Care Unit, Massachusetts General
Hospital. "As health care providers, it is our responsibility to
recommend the best course of action for each patient based on our
expertise and the patient's specific wishes. In the case of end-of-life
care, many times these wishes are not expressed or sharedwith
physicians, leaving families in positions of distress and confusion.
Time and time again, when end-of-life wishes are expressed, we have the
privilege of offering our medical advice with the added benefit of
knowing what the patient wants all the way through to the end."
"With How to Talk to Your Doctor, we're moving the conversation from the
kitchen table to the primary care practice - a next step in ensuring the
end-of-life wishes for all Americans are articulated and understood,"
Goodman, Pulitzer Prize-winner and co-founder of The Conversation
Project. "Doctors, nurses and medical professionals (in addition to
family members and loved ones) need to know the guiding principles of an
individual's end-of-life wishes in order to provide proper care."
In addition to the release of the How
to Talk to Your Doctor, The Conversation Project is pleased to
announce the availability of the Spanish
translation of the Conversation Starter Kit on The
Conversation Project website.
About The Conversation Project
Conversation Project, co-founded by Pulitzer Prize-winner Ellen
Goodman and launched in collaboration with the Institute
for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), is a public engagement campaign
with a goal that is both simple and transformative: to have
every person's end-of-life wishes expressed and respected. Too many
people die in a manner they would not choose, so The Conversation
Project offers people the tools, guidance and resources they need to
begin talking with their loved ones, around the kitchen table, about
their wishes and preferences. Have you had the conversation Learn more
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