Discussing End-of-Life Care Options

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What should medicine do when it can’t save your life? When do you stop medical interventions and focus on improving the final days of life?

Dr. Atul Gawande began researching hospice and end-of-life care options because he didn’t know how to broach the subject of death with his terminally ill patients. He says medical professionals need to build a system that focuses on how to help dying patients achieve what’s most important to them at the end of their lives.

In an interview with Fresh Air’s Terry Gross, the surgeon and New Yorker staff writer talks about the importance of having these discussions with loved ones before a crisis comes.

(20 minutes)

Dr. Gawande is a staff member of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

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