AirTalk for June 25, 2014

The way you want to be treated: conversations about end of life care

Bessie and Edie Shigekawa of West Los Angeles

Stephanie O'Neill/KPCC

Bessie Shigekawa, left, and her daughter Edie Shigekawa, right. Edie says if doctors had had an end-of-life conversation with her earlier, it would have spared her mother unnecessary medical treatment and discomfort.

The way you want to be treated: conversation about end of life care: Talking about a serious illness, the process of aging, treatments and hospice care can all be a trying experience. But difficult conversations spurred by serious healthcare decisions have sparked change at all levels, from family discussions to overarching guidelines now used by L.A. hospitals to facilitate dialogues about end of life care. How can healthcare professionals help make these conversations even more standard and accessible? And what are the best ways to communicate your wishes for yourself or your family while dealing with palliative or end of life care? Join the conversation at AirTalk as we delve into these difficult life decisions and discussions.

Related: RSVP to tomorrow night's at the Crawford Family Forum, Difficult Conversations: Talking about the end of life. 

 

Guests: 

Dr. Glen Braunstein, Vice President of Clinical Innovation at Cedars Sinai Medical Center

Dr. Diane Meier, Director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), a national organization devoted to increasing the number and quality of palliative care programs in the United States

Dr. Charles von Gunten, Vice President of Medical affairs, Hospice and Palliative Medicine at Ohio Health Kobacker House, Chairman of the Test Committee on Hospice and Palliative Medicine for the American Board of Medical Specialties, Co-Principal for the Education for Physicians on End-of-life Care Project

 

 


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