Advance Care Planning

New online certificate program in advanced care planning starts

Sarah Lawrence College's Graduate & Professional Studies program has launched a course to train physicians and healthcare professionals in discussing end-of-life care preferences.

Annual 'day' promoting advance-care planning arrives

National Healthcare Decision Day (NHDD) will actually be observed for a week this year. The 50-state annual initiative promoting the importance of advance-care planning will take place from Sunday through Saturday, April 22.

5 approaches to make advance care planning useful

5 approaches to make advance care planning useful

Most of us want to have control over events when our health worsens or life seems short.

What 'do everything' can mean

What 'do everything' can mean

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.

Why LTC organizations should conduct end-of-life planning conversations

Why LTC organizations should conduct end-of-life planning conversations

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 finds

Chances of peaceful death are three times higher for dementia residents with an advance directive, study finds

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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.

Studies find lower rates of advance directive use among certain nursing home resident populations

Studies find lower rates of advance directive use among certain nursing home resident populations

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.

GOP chairman offers 'Seniors' Healthcare Bill of Rights'

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele on Monday outlined a "Seniors' Healthcare Bill of Rights" in The Washington Post.

Advance directives are not a proxy for euthanasia

Advance directives are not a proxy for euthanasia

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.

Study: End-of-life care planning improves quality of life of terminally ill patients

Amid the brouhaha over advance care planning, a new study finds that such counseling actually makes dying cancer patients feel better.

New congressional report lends credibility to end-of-life provision in House reform bill

New congressional report lends credibility to end-of-life provision in House reform bill

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.

Obama addresses rumors about healthcare reform, accuses opponents of using scare tactics

Obama addresses rumors about healthcare reform, accuses opponents of using scare tactics

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."

Obama, AARP begin push to win seniors' support for reform

Obama, AARP begin push to win seniors' support for reform

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.

House reform provision stirs controversy over end-of-life decision making

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.