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Book Review: “It’s OK to Die” by Monica Williams-Murphy and Kristian Murphy

Making difficult decisions about end of life care

“It’s OK to Die” was written by Dr. Monica Williams-Murphy, an emergency room physician, and her husband, Kristian Murphy. Dr. Williams-Murphy writes about how difficult it is to treat critically ill people who do not have advance directives. If the … Continue reading

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Do Partial DNRs Increase the Risk of Suffering?

Doctors warn patients that cherry-picking options might cause harm

More patients are taking control of their healthcare wishes than ever before, using advance directives to customize their end of life experiences. While this freedom of choice has given patients more power, doctors warn that some personalized options could do … Continue reading

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Will Your Advance Care Directive Harm You?

Doctors say patients need more information before writing their Advance Care Directive

A recent article from Reuters, based upon doctors writing in the JAMA Internal Medicine, suggests that patients need to be better informed about the implications of their Advance Care Directive before putting that document into effect. Advance Care Directives allow … Continue reading

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Get Informed: Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment

POLST puts end-of-life healthcare directive decisions back in the patient's hands.

We’ve often visited on this blog the importance of Advanced Care Directives to ensure that patients are fully educated and empowered to make end-of-life healthcare decisions. Throughout the years, as the implications of orders like “Do Not Resuscitate” have confused … Continue reading

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Making Decisions about End of Life Care

New developments and new ways of looking at death are changing the way we make end-of-life decisions

Healthcare decisions can be a major cause of stress for end-of-life patients and loved ones, particularly when they don’t fully understand their options or their rights. When patients don’t know their options, it is impossible to clearly convey their wishes … Continue reading

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