Discuss, Prepare, Choose

How to Talk End-of-Life Care with a Dying Patient - Atul Gawande

Far too many people wait until they are in the midst of a health care crisis before thinking about what options are available or what care they or their loved ones would want. A recent survey, conducted by the Conversation Project, reported that more than 9 in 10 Americans think it is important to discuss their wishes for end-of-life care, however only 3 in 10 have actually had these discussions.

  • Educational Video: Dealing with Dying - National Healthcare Decisions Day
    New Jersey Hospice & Palliative Care Organization, New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute, New Jersey Hospital Association and New Jersey State Bar Association
  • The Conversation Project - See more at http://theconversationproject.org/
    It's not easy to talk about how you want the end of your life to be. But it's one of the most important conversations you can have with your loved ones. This Starter Kit will help you get your thoughts together and then have the conversation.
  • Choosing Wisely - An initiative of the ABIM Foundation at http://www.choosingwisely.org/doctor-patient-lists/
    United States specialty societies representing more than 500,000 physicians developed lists of Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question in recognition of the importance of physician and patient conversations to improve care and eliminate unnecessary tests and procedures. Each list provides information on when tests and procedures may be appropriate, as well as the methodology used in its creation.
Last Reviewed: 10/24/2017