Good article on a doctor’s bedside manner and how all physicians should be trained in pastoral care. Doctors, as well as nurses, need to have the empathy and understanding to help others face death. Too many times, healthcare professionals are too sterile in their demeanor with the dying.
The article, “A chance encounter with a sand painting helped me learn how to doctor patients I knew I would lose” Sunita Puri, M.D. states,
“As a palliative care doctor, I spend much of my time face-to-face with pain and suffering, debilitating disease and death. When I began my training, I thought I was comfortable with the idea of mortality, and with the notion that fighting death at all costs wasn’t the sole purpose of medicine. But I hadn’t expected that the type of medicine I’d chosen to practice would require a strength and perspective that medical training hadn’t offered.”
Article about those who are facing death due to heart conditions and the little guidance they receive before death. Individuals facing death need counseling so as to be better equipped to face it during their final days.
The article, For Patients With Heart Failure, Little Guidance as Death Nears, by Gina Kolata states,
“Ricky Hurst’s doctors told him last year that there was nothing more they could do. His heart was failing and he should get his affairs in order. The end was coming.”
Great article that lists myths and misconceptions about hospice. Hospice is a critical part of care for the dying and is important for many people to have the comfort they need in meeting the afterlife.
The article,”hospice-common-myths-and-misconceptions-busted” by Becky Jenniges, states
“Welcome to the first in a series of articles that exposes common myths and misconceptions surrounding hospice care. The goal of this series is to set the record straight by addressing these myths with honesty and integrity.”
A new model developed to examine the relationship between factors that impact how African-Americans approach advance care planning (ACP) reveals how little is known about improving ACP in this population and points to new approaches to improve care and quality of life. The model is described in an article published in the special issue ‘Palliative and End-of-Life Care for African-Americans’ of Journal of Palliative Medicine.
Very good news for patients who wish to still fight for a cure and also have the treatment of hospice. This bill will allow medicare to cover both curative procedures and allow patients the dignity hospice care.
This is a huge win for all terminally ill patients or the elderly