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Exploring Barriers and Solutions to End-of-Life Conversations, Advance Care Planning

Article Highlights Surveys suggest that a vast majority of people would like to discuss their end-of-life care (EOL) choices, but very few actually do so. Physicians often receive insufficient training in effective EOL communication. Health care providers cite a lack of confidence in broaching the subject with patients and/or caregivers. EOL communication needs to be an integral part of training for all health care providers with clearly defined objectives, structured curriculum, evaluation [...]

June 6th, 2020|

I’m an oncologist with terminal cancer, and I support medical aid in dying. Here’s why

Remarkable advances in medical care are helping us live longer. But that means there also are an increasing number of people living with advancing serious illness. The vast majority understand they are living with a terminal condition, yet they and their families are unprepared for the final stages of life. Relatively few have had discussions with their physicians about their prognosis and end-of-life care options. Their wishes and goals are not discussed, and no meaningful [...]

May 31st, 2020|

Fearful of covid-19, older people are changing their living wills

Last month, Minna Buck revised a document specifying her wishes should she become critically ill. “No intubation,” she wrote in large letters on the form, making sure to include the date and her initials. Buck, 91, had been following the news about covid-19. She knew her chances of surviving a serious bout of the illness were slim. And she wanted to make sure she wouldn’t be put on a ventilator under any [...]

May 28th, 2020|

Remembering Dr. Omega Silva

An ardent early supporter and member of Compassion & Choices’ African American Leadership Council, Dr. Silva was instrumental in our campaign to pass D.C.’s Death with Dignity Act. by Sonja Aliesch May 20, 2020 Our movement lost a beloved ally last month with the death of Omega Silva, M.D. A retired Washington, D.C., physician who lived with three cancer diagnoses, she taught and practiced medicine for over 50 years in and around [...]

May 28th, 2020|

Compassion & Choices Urges Federal Government to Rescind Waiver Compromising Patient Autonomy

The policy could result in some people receiving unwanted medical treatment while others are denied the care they want and need. by Alyson Lynch May 20, 2020 A key provision of the 1990 Patient Self-Determination Act requires hospitals and other healthcare facilities to inform people about policies regarding their legal right to fill out an advance directive and to accept or refuse medical treatment. In April, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid [...]

May 28th, 2020|

Living Our Lives to the Fullest

A Note From the CEO by Kim Callinan May 20, 2020 "We spend precious hours fearing the inevitable. It would be wise to use that time adoring our families, cherishing our friends and living our lives.” —Maya Angelou, poet Ms. Angelou’s philosophy is a timely reminder to us during this challenging pandemic, and one that so many of us in the movement to expand options at life’s end live by. There is [...]

May 28th, 2020|
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