Advance care directives and end of life decisions: An educational module

Robert McCann, Joshua Chodosh, Richard Frankel, Paul Katz, Elizabeth Naumburg, Asher Tulsky, William J. Hall

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Discussions about end of life care can be difficult for patients and practitioners. Numerous studies have demonstrated that dying patients often receive care that does not address their suffering adequately, partly due to inadequate physician-patient communication. An educational module was developed for graduate medical residents about the care of dying patients to improve their communication skills, particularly in the area of end of life discussions with patients. The module contains, didactic material as well as exercises to provide the teacher and learners with a framework to explore personal and patient values, and how those values relate to medical decision making. Portions of the module have also been utilized at seminars for social workers and nurses, f Article copies available for a fee from The Haworth Document Delivery Service: 1-800-342-9678. E-mail address:].

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-19
Number of pages17
JournalGerontology and Geriatrics Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 20 1998
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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