Barriers to end-of-life care discussions identified

Two issues emerged among experts in a discussion around barriers to end of life care: Conversations about death and dying need to be normalized so that people can be more comfortable having advance care planning discussions within families before there’s a crisis. And, clinicians need more training to be highly skilled and sensitive communicators.


Two primary barriers exist when it comes to end of life discussions with patients.  First the weirdness and uncomfort of death discussion and second, the inability of many doctors to be able to express and communicate death issues

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