Saturday, September 11, 2010

Tuesday, 9/14 - Hospice and end-of-life care

Hi everyone,

I'm starting to see a bit of buzz on Facebook of people who are finishing their exams, so now's a good a time as any to send out this week's article, entitled "Letting Go" by Atul Gawande:

It's a lengthy and comprehensive exploration of the current state of end-of-life medical care. Thanks to Justin Barr, who recommended it and will be facilitating Tuesday's discussion.

Some questions to guide your reading (your LOs, if you will):

1) What factors are affecting how patients and caregivers make difficult choices at the end-of-life?
2) What factors are influencing how doctors make treatment decisions in end-of-life circumstances?
3) What factors are contributing to the health care system's current approach to end-of-life care?
4) What are Dr. Gawande's recommendations for improving the state of end-of-life care?

If you find yourself in a time crunch and unable to do the reading, don't worry; we will do a 5-minute summary at the beginning of discussion so everyone's on the same page about the basic content.

Lastly, you can add to our group's momentum by doing any of the following:
-Sending topics and articles for discussion,
-Sending ideas for other activities,
-Being a discussion facilitator,
-Helping me manage the blog (, or
-Bringing your friends :)

So let me know about any of the above! Otherwise, see you Tuesday (or sooner)!


P.S. Counterpoint: A blogger at Discover Magazine argues that the notion that death gives life meaning ("The Most Dangerous Idea in the World").

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