Some patients believe God wants them to suffer. How to respond.
When a patient gives religious reasons for refusing treatment, physicians can maintain their commitment to healing while respecting patient autonomy.
End-of-life care: What to do when physician colleagues disagree
Physicians may differ about how to proceed with care for critically ill patients during hand-offs. Consider a way forward using these four ideas.
What’s healthy dying? 6 steps on the path for doctors to know
For end-of-life care, learn more about the ways that physicians can help patients and families once life-saving interventions are exhausted.
Billing for end-of-life care talks grows, but barriers remain
Medicare now pays for end-of-life talks, yet early-stage data shows that claims are relatively low, with differences by specialty, geography.
Code of Medical Ethics: Caring for patients at the end of life
Find out how advance care planning can give patients peace of mind knowing that their physicians understand their wishes for care at the end of life.
4 skills from psychiatry that can improve end-of-life care
Helping patients express their values, concerns and preferences is vital in palliative care. Incorporating elements of psychiatric training can help.
Talking about death: Now that it pays, how to do it well
Advance care planning used to be unbillable, but Medicare now treats it like other services. Here are tips for talking about it with patients.
Talking about death: 6 vital tactics for physicians, medical teams
Dying and the decisions surrounding it are difficult topics to broach with patients and their loved ones. Physician experts suggest a “who, what, when, where and how” structure.
How to ease a terminal patient’s stress with earlier end-of-life care talks
Studies of a communication intervention for patients with advanced cancer showed it reduced anxiety and depression. Researchers suggest takeaways.