Month: September 2015

Let’s Talk About Dying (Video)

We can’t control if we’ll die, but we can “occupy death,” in the words of Dr. Peter Saul. He calls on us to make clear our preferences for end of life care — and suggests two questions for starting the conversation. (Filmed at TEDxNewy.)

“Conversation Ready”: A Framework for Improving End-of-Life Care

Institute for Healthcare Improvement Describes the Conversation Ready framework, the changes associated with the framework’s five principles that can be implemented to improve end-of-life care, examples of changes tested by organizations, and suggested measures to guide improvement. http://www.ihi.org/resources/Pages/IHIWhitePapers/ConversationReadyEndofLifeCare.aspx

Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life

Institute of Medicine of The National Academies A consensus report that finds that improving the quality and availability of medical and social services for patients and their families could not only enhance quality of life through the end of life, but may also contribute to a more sustainable care system. http://iom.nationalacademies.org/Reports/2014/Dying-In-America-Improving-Quality-and-Honoring-Individual-Preferences-Near-the-End-of-Life.aspx

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