The Upshot article, We’re Bad at Death. First, We Need a Good Talk, discusses in detail the difficulties that physicians face in talking about end-of-life care and in listening to what their patients want.
Author Dr. Dhruv Khullar talks about JAHF grantee, the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), and links to The John A. Hartford Foundation physician survey findings, Conversation Stopper: Physicians’ Views Toward Advance Care Planning and End-of-life Care Conversations.
"But physicians still tend to conflate palliative care with hospice care, and many don’t feel comfortable engaging in these delicate discussions. Nearly 70 percent say they haven’t been trained to do so, and about half say they often feel unsure of what to say when discussing terminal illness."
To read the New York Times article, click here.
To go to the JAHF physician poll, click here.