Two years ago, I posted a blog, Inviting Doctors to Tell Difficult Truths about this very subject
A Medical Humanist's Notes
Like many proactive patients, you might already bring pen and paper to your doctors’ appointments so you can take notes.
“Doctors have a hard job. Not everybody wants to have these conversations.” This insight comes from
Empathy. It’s something all of us would agree is a valuable—and often missing—component of care. So when
Doctors caring for patients facing incurable illness often feel pressure to come up with a “miracle” treatment. But what if
Poet Emily Dickinson called death “the only One You cannot find out all about.” While modern medical education
“There’s almost always, in every medical circumstance, one more thing we can try,” says Dr. Julie Bynum. But
In my last post, I asked whether a message of constant “positivity” might be silencing for patients who might need
Nicole Haran’s “Do Great” video features cancer survivors declaring their desire to hear “you will do great.”
I recently spoke with two physicians about what patients understand the words “treatable” and “incurable” to mean.