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
With death being so unpredictable, we should be planning ahead for end of life costs. Whether chronic or sudden, we should consider how our last moments will be spent. We ideally think it will be due to old age, so with this in mind, we should plan accordingly so that our final days are planned and we are prepared.
This is especially true with the potential need of hospice.
A recent study took the healthcare industry to task for failing to provide adequate end-of-life planning and reduce patient suffering, yet there may be hope amid the gloom thanks to an increased emphasis on hospice and palliative care, futurist Ian Morrison, Ph.D., writes in an opinion piece for Hospitals & Health