DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS WORKBOOK:
Finding A Path Through Illness


There’s no right or wrong way to cope with a treatable but incurable illness. But clear communication about needs and concerns is critical to helping you, the patient, secure both appropriate medical care and emotional support. The Difficult Conversations Workbook uses video of fellow patients’ reflections as a framework for guided writing exercises designed to help you identify and communicate your hopes and goals for treatment and beyond.
COMMUNITY EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Our “paradigm changing” programs educate communities about the patient’s role in opening difficult and meaningful conversations with family and healthcare providers. Learn More

A MEDICAL HUMANIST'S NOTES
Celia Engel Bandman
Would You Prefer A Medical Fix or Good Communicator?
September 11, 2019 at 10:25 am · Filed under communication, healthcare professionals, Patients
I recently stumbled upon an old email from a nurse with whom I worked with many years ago at the cancer center in Bennington, VT.  At the time she had asked me: “Do patients, really want their doctors/nurses to be human?  Or do they want them to do what they were trained to do and fix the problem? ...
Who is This Doctor at My Bedside?
August 19, 2019 at 3:09 pm · Filed under communication, healthcare professionals, Newly Diagnosed
Recently, a friend went to the emergency room with complaints of severe GI pain and was admitted to the hospital. Naturally, she was worried about the cause of her symptoms, which she had been experiencing on and off for 6 months. Under the care of her family doctor she tried several medications but none seemed to alleviate her pain entirely. Now, the doctor who she had known for many years and trusted was no longer involved in her care. Instead, a hospitalist appeared at her bedside and would be in charge of the case. ...
“GOOD COMMUNICATION IS GOOD MEDICINE” ™
BREAKING NEWS

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

The next in the SpeakSooner Community Education Film Series is scheduled for Saturday, October 26, 6:30 pm at Bennington Performing Arts Center (the home of Oldcastle Theatre), 331 Main Street, Bennington, VT. 

Stay tuned to learn more about this special event!

The most important questions don't seem to have ready answers. But the questions themselves have a healing power once they are shared.
Rachel Naomi Remen, MD
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