Thursday, July 29, 2010

Recommended article: Hospice medical care for dying patients: the New Yorker

This was a hard, but really good, read.

Most of us know, should we be diagnosed with a terminal illness, that we don't want to die in the ICU.  We want to say goodbye, to put our affairs in order, to die in a dignified way, without heroic measures, with good palliative care, with our pain managed, surrounded by loved ones or maybe one loved one, maybe alone.

The problem is, most of us don't know how to make the leap from aggressive medical management of our condition to hospice care.

Neither do most of our doctors.

Letting Go
What should medicine do when it can't save your life?
by Atul Gawande

No comments: