“Illness Does Not Just Impact One Person: getting patients, families and doctors on the same page” Presentation and Panel Discussion at Burr and Burton Academy, Manchester, VT

We all came together on a rainy blustery evening at Burr and Burton Academy to learn more about Speak Sooner – an initiative of the Center for Communication in Medicine (CCM). We had a vibrant panel representing many walks of life – patient, doctor, family member, spiritual advisor, psychologist and medical humanist – showing we are ALL impacted by illness – that good communication is good medicine.

Through the generosity of our sponsors and donors each attendee was given a copy of The Difficult Conversations Toolkit (Workbook and Video) created to help patients facing serious illness and families to identify their questions and concerns to prepare for these conversations and to offer doctors a direct means of inviting patients to clarify what they are prepared to hear about prognosis and the risks and benefits of treatment options.

The Center for Communication in Medicine is looking forward to offering ongoing programs to educate the community at large.