An article by Kaiser Health News (KHN) highlights a new initiative to help train doctors talk to seriously ill patients about their goals, values - and prognoses - while there’s time to spare.

"Doctors Learn How To Talk To Patients About Dying" discusses pilot clinician training at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston using a script based on the Serious Illness Conversation Guide [free, registration required] first created by Drs. Atul Gawande and Susan Block at Ariadne Labs. Since its inception in Boston in 2012, the guide has been used to train over 6,500 clinicians worldwide. 

The article notes that Ariadne Labs has teamed up with VitalTalk and the Center to Advance Palliative Care to rapidly disseminate the Serious Illness Conversation Guide across the country. 

To read the article, click here.
The initiative to spread Ariadne Labs' training is funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
The John A. Hartford Foundation co-funds work with Ariadne Labs, VitalTalk and the Center to Advance Palliative Care.