Hospice Care Linked to
Better Patient Satisfaction and
Higher Quality of Care at the End of Life
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End-of-life care is an important but sometimes challenging subject to talk about with your doctor. The non-profit organization Compassion & Choices has developed written tips and provides several free resources to make this conversation easier for you.
The organization recommends that people with a terminal illness make their priorities known to their medical providers, especially their doctors, and ask about all the available options. They advise, “Remember that you and your doctors are partners in your healthcare, and your doctor needs to know what is important to you.”
On its website, Compassion & Choices emphasizes that you are the only one who can decide what you want when
it comes to your own healthcare. It is recommended that you talk directly with your doctor — not another hospital staff member or an assistant — about your values and what is most important to you when it comes to end-of-life care.
The authors of the website provide
a “Questions to Ask Your Doctor Checklist.” The hope is that people with a terminal illness will use it as a guide to
help start a conversation with their doctor. The questions include:
For the full checklist and access to other resources, visit the website at CompassionAndChoices.org.
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