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By Kathryn Crimmins | Wednesday, Aug 22, 2012
You may have heard about “The Conversation Project” once or twice by now – maybe in an email or on your Twitter feed. You may know that it has something to do with end-of-life care and respecting everyone’s own wishes. This post will explain to you exactly what it is and why, as a student, it’s worth your attention and passion.   First off, what is The Conversation Project? The Conversation Project, founded by Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Ellen Goodman and launched in collaboration with ... read full post

 

Tag(s): End of Life Care, Chapter Activity, IHI Open School for Health Professions, The Conversation Project
By IHI Open School | Tuesday, May 22, 2012
What if every citizen’s end-of-live wishes could be expressed and respected in a way that was simple and transformative? Would you have the conversation about your views on a “good death” if you knew it would bring peace, security, and calm to your loved ones? We are all mortal, yet as a society we have been painfully slow in recognizing and acknowledging how many of the people we love are not dying in a manner of their choosing: in comfort, among people who care about them, and engaged in what ... read full post

 

Tag(s): IHI Open School for Health Professions, The Conversation Project, End of Life Care, Patient- and Family-Centered Care
By IHI Open School | Tuesday, May 22, 2012
May 9, 2011 was the first day of my third year of medical school, first day on the cardiology inpatient service, and the first day I met Ms. W, my first patient. Ms. W was a 77 year old woman with COPD, right-sided heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, and was in the ICU for ARDS due to spontaneous hemorrhage of unknown etiology. Because taking care of Ms. W would be challenging and overwhelming, my senior resident and I walked into Ms. W’s room together for introductions.  I naively expected t ... read full post

 

Tag(s): IHI Open School for Health Professions, End of Life Care, The Conversation Project, Patient- and Family-Centered Care
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