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It’s Time To Talk Honestly About Dying

Primary-care and specialist clinicians such as oncologists need some basic skills in promoting comfort, and health-care providers should offer palliative care and hospice when patients and families need or request more advanced support.

29 Secrets of Being a Caregiver

Caregiving can be a complicated job. Whether you’re a loved one or a medical professional, the experience is often exhausting and frustrating. But it can also be joyful and deeply rewarding.

Veteran Affairs Caregiver Support

September 28, 2015 | KC Chronicle Robert McDonald, secretary of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, stated that within two years there will be more than 10 million U.S. veterans who are 65 or older. Millions of caregivers will be…

Wondering If I Hastened a Patient’s Death

 In my outpatient exam room, we had arrived at that moment of silence that often marks the crossroads of unwelcome news and a difficult decision. My patient, in his mid-60s, had endured a five-week hospitalization after he learned he had…

The Error in ‘There’s Nothing More We Can Do’

These are the things that people say, over and over again, when they are given the opportunity to answer. The real test for physicians, then, is being willing to meet the challenge of discovering our patient’s true wishes, the fulfillment of which may push us well outside our own professional comfort zone.