Advance Care Planning
Most of us want to have control over events when our health worsens or life seems short.
The day I met Mrs. Bartlett at my hospital, she was an 89-year-old long-stay nursing home resident with moderate-to-severe dementia who was being transferred to my hospitalist service for shortness of breath. Her family had never discussed what kind of medical care she would want.
Advance end-of-life planning can spare patients unwanted, aggressive treatments and it can help physicians calibrate care in more reasonable manner.
Chances of peaceful death are three times higher for dementia residents with an advance directive, study findsMarch 17, 2014
Dying nursing home residents who have dementia display significantly less fear and anxiety if they have a written advance directive in place, according to recently published research findings.
Mentally ill and black nursing home residents are less likely to have advance directives compared to their white and mentally healthy counterparts, according to two new studies.
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele on Monday outlined a "Seniors' Healthcare Bill of Rights" in The Washington Post.
It is a mistake to think that advance care planning in any way hurts seniors. Such discussions may lead to more end-of-life care instead of less and help preserve individuals' decision-making rights.
Amid the brouhaha over advance care planning, a new study finds that such counseling actually makes dying cancer patients feel better.
A report released this week has found that end-of-life planning and discussions both improves quality of life near death and is associated with less aggressive and less costly care.
President Barack Obama attempted to clear up misconceptions about healthcare reform in a town hall meeting Tuesday. One rumor he addressed is that reform would create government death panels that would "pull the plug on grandma."
Proposed cuts to Medicare and misinformation about advance care planning in legislation have raised concerns among seniors over healthcare reform. Now the Obama administration is facing an uphill battle to win over this reluctant group of voters, recent news articles say.
One provision of the House healthcare reform legislation has garnered criticism from New York state's former lieutenant governor. She argues it would encourage the premature deaths of the elderly as a cost-saving measure.