We recently discussed Kelly, Varghese and Pelusi’s article “Countertransference and ethics: A perspective on clinical dilemmas in end-of-life decisions” … an excellent introduction to the many inter-personal, emotional and spiritual realities that inevitably inform any decision, in particular decisions near the end of life. A couple of quotes from the article …
… not necessarily more and more drugs. Micco et. al. offer a reflection on the fundamental goals of hospice palliative care, reminding us that ” … when a suffering-less death becomes the medical summum bonum, morphine and other drugs become our sacraments.” Rather ” … [t]he original intent of the hospice movement was to provide …
… EPERC has a great series of articles on how to conduct family meetings which we discussed at Hospice Palliative Medicine Journal Club this morning.
An elegant study shows that … “One always meets another person at the same level one seeks to know them.” (Christian de Cherge)
Please be patient with me, it sounds like I have a few years to go.
Discussing Treatment Preferences With Patients Who Want “Everything” (Annals of Internal Medicine) … is a practical article that helps us better understand what our patients and their families may be asking us when they say they want “everything” done.