Thursday, July 2, 2015

What Doctors Forget to Ask: What Do You Want from Your Care?

Mitch Kaminski writes in The Washington Post about the question doctors should always ask:
Then I remember a visiting palliative-care physician’s words about caring for the fragile elderly: “We forget to ask patients what they want from their care. What are their goals?” I pause, then look this frail, dignified man in the eye. “What are your goals for your care?” I ask. “How can I help you?” ... A wonderful geriatric nurse practitioner’s words come to mind: “Our goal for younger people is to help them live long and healthy lives; our goal for older patients should be to maximize their function.”

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