How Can the Medical Community and Society Work Together to Change the Course of End of Life Care?

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There is a very important nexus, so, you need that family conversation, you need a medical community there tune to what their patients, and their families want. The nexus is what we can call informed and shared decision making, and what that means is the decision that the clinician makes, with a patient and a patient's family.

So, the idea here is that there are powerful forces at work, a physician's education and training, evidene in what should be done, but the third part of that three legged stool, is patient preference, and that often times doesn't get addressed, if we can make a patient preference, and the patient's family's preferences, work into the equation of what treatment is needed, what care is needed, then we'll go a long way towards solving the problem.