I recently wrote a post about what happens when the elderly get sick. It was meant to accelerate the conversation about how modern medicine can’t make us immortal. I meant to say that doctors need to learn to be less ashamed of death. And that patients should at least hear about the risks of life-prolonging care.
Patient-centered care advocates want doctors to give patients choices–not decrees. The choice of not taking the medicine, of not having the procedure and most importantly, when nearing the end of life, to be given the choice of a strategy that aims at maximizing comfort and peace and dignity rather than eking out the most days (or in tragic cases, hours.)
The written word is one way to communicate these important ideas. An amusing and very true-to-real-life xtranormal video is yet another…
Courtesy of the Happy Hospitalist blog…Dr Happy is indeed a very enlightened soul. He’s so smart, his message so important, that I don’t mind that he makes fun of cardiologists (at about the 2:00 mark.).