On Tuesday, June 13, 2017 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm the Bennington, Vermont-based Center for Communication in Medicine (CCM) will partner with Stanford Medicine Palliative Care to present “Illness Does Not Just Impact One Person: We’re Stronger Together – Getting Patients, Families and Doctors on the Same Page” at the Stanford Health Library at Hoover Pavilion, 211 Quarry Road, Palo Alto, CA. Free and open to the public.
This will be Stanford Medicine Palliative Care’s first community education program with CCM founders Dr. Bernard Bandman and Celia Engel Bandman. A panel of experts will discuss challenges of healthcare communication and how to become an active partner in decisions about care. There will be a question and answer session.
The aim of CCM’s SpeakSooner initiative is to help patients and their caregivers prepare to initiate open and honest conversations with healthcare providers about risks and benefits of treatment options, quality-of-life considerations and supportive care needs. The program will introduce The Difficult Conversations Toolkit, a guide developed by CCM to help patients identify concerns and ask timely questions, prompting meaningful communication sooner in the course of illness.
When I was first diagnosed,” she said, “I didn’t feel I needed your help. I know how to get what I need—I’m a nurse, we speak the same language.” (more…)