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
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. ...
Prognosis: Talking in Code
June 26, 2019 at 10:29 am · Filed under communication, healthcare professionals, Patients
Prognosis is not a term familiar to most people unless used by a doctor to explain the expected course of a medical condition. Even then, the word or its implications may not be understood. ...
“GOOD COMMUNICATION IS GOOD MEDICINE” ™
BREAKING NEWS

CCM to present another in the SpeakSooner® Community Education series - Re-defining Quality of Life: Living Fully With Illness, Disability and Aging, on Saturday, September 7 from 6 to 8 PM at Arlington Memorial High School, Arlington, VT. Panelists include: patient, Jim Baker; caregiver, Kim Baker; family practice physician, Michael Welther; and Rev. Kathleen Clark. 

There is no cost for the program and attendees will receive a personal copy of the Difficult Conversations Toolkit.

For more information click here. To make a reservation please click here or call CCM at 802-442-5800. 

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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