Emergency doctors and paramedics commonly misinterpret documents for end-of-life care choices

I wasn’t too surprised to learn that a pair of new studies finds that emergency care providers vary in their understanding of a type of medical order intended to communicate seriously ill patients’ choices for life-sustaining treatments. Coincidentally, part two of my extensive interview with Nancy Berlinger, Ph.D., a research scholar at The Hastings Center, appears today in Covering Health. Berlinger stressed […]

Providers hesitant to discuss end-of-life care with some patients

Who should discuss end of life care with patients, and when? Providers are unsure when to approach this issue and whether it’s the role of the primary provider or the heart specialist, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association Healthcare Quality of Care and Outcomes Research 2014 Scientific Sessions. Researchers found reluctance on the part of…Read more Providers hesitant to discuss end-of-life care with some patients