“As a primary care physician, I know my patients want and need me to have the difficult conversations with them as I continue to walk with them through the end-of-life part of their journey. I am honored to be able to offer this important tool to help health care professionals do this exceptionally well.”
Dr. Bob Berkompas,
Chief Medical Officer, Alive Hospice
In the report Dying in America (September 2014), the Institute of Medicine identified the need for greater understanding – by both the public and care professionals – as one of the greatest remaining challenges in the delivery of high-quality end-of-life care. They recognized deficiencies include insufficient attention to “developing clinicians’ ability to talk effectively to patients about dying.”
"Understanding what lies ahead can profoundly affect patients’ quality of life — and death. If they underestimate their life expectancy, they may forgo helpful treatment. If they overestimate it — the more common misperception — they may agree to tests and procedures that turn their final weeks and months into a medical treadmill.
"Frank discussions don’t disrupt the bond between doctors and patients… They do increase the likelihood that patients receive the end-of-life care they prefer, and leave survivors better able to cope with grief.”
—Paula Span, New York Times columnist
"What Doctors Know About How Bad It Is, and Won’t Say" (July 1, 2016)