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Author Volandes, Angelo E., 1971- author.

Title The conversation : a revolutionary plan for end-of-life care / Angelo E. Volandes, M.D.

Publication Info. New York : Bloomsbury, 2015.


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Edition First U.S. edition.
Description 220 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Summary "There is an unspoken dark side of American medicine--keeping patients alive at all costs. Two thirds of Americans die in healthcare institutions tethered to machines and tubes, even though research indicates that most prefer to die at home in comfort, surrounded by loved ones. The question How do you want to live? must be posed to the seriously ill because they deserve to choose. If doctors explain options--including the choice to forego countless medical interventions that are often of little benefit--then patients can tell doctors how they wish to spend the remainder of their lives. A doctor's heroic efforts to prolong a life can instead prolong that patient's death, and these traumatic measures also bankrupt the healthcare system. One third of the Medicare budget is spent on the last six months of life, often on technological interventions that are not helpful and inflict more suffering. Through the stories of six patients and six very different end-of-life experiences, Volandes explores the trajectory of events and treatments that occur with and without this essential conversation. He argues for a radical re-envisioning of the patient-doctor relationship--including videos to spark discussions--and offers ways for patients and their families to talk about this difficult issue to ensure that patients will be at the center and in charge of their medical care"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Death in America -- My medical odyssey -- "Do everything" -- "We never kept secrets from each other" -- "Where do we go from here?" -- "If a picture is worth a thousand words ..." -- Coming home -- "No one ever asked me what I wanted" -- Appendices. I, Starting the conversation (for patients) ; II, Taking control and completing your advance directives ; III, Starting the conversation (for families).
Subject Advance directives (Medical care)
Patient advocacy.
Palliative treatment.
Terminal care.
Right to die.
Physician and patient.
Advance Care Planning.
Advance Directives.
Physician-Patient Relations.
Palliative Care -- methods.
Terminal Care -- methods.
Advance directives (Medical care) (OCoLC)fst00797413
Palliative treatment. (OCoLC)fst01051719
Patient advocacy. (OCoLC)fst01055001
Physician and patient. (OCoLC)fst01062819
Right to die. (OCoLC)fst01097893
Terminal care. (OCoLC)fst01147835
ISBN 9781620408544 (hardback)
1620408546 (hardback)
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