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By Kimberly Mitchell | Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015
Mandy Ferguson is Project Coordinator for The Conversation Project at IHI.When I tell most of my friends about my job at The Conversation Project, I can see their eyes glaze over. They immediately assume, as I once did, that this project — making sure that everyone’s wishes for end-of-life care are both expressed and respected — is for the old and frail. Unless they’ve had a direct experience with the death of a close family member or friend, my twenty-something peers don’t think this initiative ... read full post


Tag(s): The Conversation Project, End of Life Care
By Kimberly Mitchell | Friday, Mar 13, 2015
Kelly McCutcheon Adams is Director at IHI for the Conversation Ready seminar. In this blog post, she describes the many opportunities for improving how health care providers receive, record, and respect every patient's end-of-life wishes.A colleague recently asked me, in my role as the director of the Conversation Ready work at IHI, what I saw as the biggest challenge of delivering appropriate end-of-life care. Is ita) Patients not having the right conversation and documents executed?b) Provider ... read full post


Tag(s): Person- and Family-Centered Care, The Conversation Project, End of Life Care, Engage Patients and Families in Care, Person-Centered Care
By Kim Flowers | Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015
Community-based organizations have an important role to play in encouraging patients and health care providers to communicate openly about end-of-life care wishes.


Tag(s): The Conversation Project, Conversation Ready, End of Life Care, Engage Patients and Families in Care, Person- and Family-Centered Care, Home Care
By John Gauthier | Monday, Jul 07, 2014
Peter Libby is a registered nurse with more than 25 years of nursing experience. The following post is from a letter he wrote to IHI Director Kelly McCutcheon Adams about his experience in the health care system as a patient diagnosed with Crohn's disease. Libby, 51, shares his story of deciding what his end-of-life care wishes are after a series of debilitating hospitalizations for septic shock. I am a Registered Nurse (RN) with over 25 years of nursing experience. I have had the good fortune t ... read full post


Tag(s): Palliative Care, Disease Management, Changes, Patient/Family Member, Patient & Family Centered Care, End of Life Care, The Conversation Project, Conversation Ready, Person- and Family-Centered Care, Sepsis
By John Gauthier | Thursday, May 01, 2014
The University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) is a participant in the IHI Conversation Ready Health Care Community. In this interview, KUMC Vice President of Performance Improvement Terry Rusconi describes the particular challenges an academic medical center like theirs faces when trying to provide high-quality, end-of-life care.


Tag(s): The Conversation Project, Conversation Ready, Memberships, Networks, and Collaboratives, Hospice, End of Life Care, End of Life discussions, Palliative Care, palliative care/Infusion Therapy, Palliative Care Nursing, Palliative medicine, Advance care planning, Advance Directives, Person- and Family-Centered Care, Person-Centered Care
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