Despite the best planning, patients may change their minds at the end of life once they recognize their unique situations and their sometimes surprising decisions. ... One of the most difficult decisions that patients, families and physicians face
End of life care: the feeding tube frenzy. Okay, readers, how many of you desire to have a feeding tube inserted into your belly one day? ... Do we want to deprive a patient of any of life's remaining pleasures, when so few of them are remaining?
Doctors' choices at the end of life, for themselves and their patients. ... How Doctors Die (Zócalo Public Square). My previous posts about end-of-life care:.
End-of-life care costs: Does your doctor know when you're going to die? ... One interesting comment I have seen come up over and over is the idea that end-of-life costs are the thing that is spiraling out of control and that if
It's more important than ever to recognize and understand cultures and spiritual beliefs, including and beyond the end of life. ... It then becomes easier to bring up spirituality later when situations that connect with religious or spiritual concerns
With prior planning, physicians can ensure that their patients' wishes are followed at the end of life. ... There is more interest in end-of-life issues and advance care planning than there was 20 years ago.
For patients at the very end of life, it can unnecessarily prolong the dying process. ... It's a small step that a physician can take to help make patients and families more comfortable, which is, after all, the goal of end-of-life care.
Medicare's initial exam adds new benefits, including end-of-life planning and body mass index measurements. ... A: The IPPE adds end-of-life planning, with patient consent, and body-mass index (BMI) as required components to the IPPE.
dictates of that state's end-of-life law, which went into effect the prior year. ... One such example is the discussion of end-of-life options, resulting in the passage of related laws, such as the recent New York Palliative Care Information Act, he said.
A: Palliative care is support for the best possible quality of life and relief of symptoms and stress during a serious illness, whether the illness is curable, whether the disease is ... the end of life.