Emotional Connection to Doctors Impacts End-of-Life Care

When patients have a sense of mutual understanding, caring, and trust with their physicians they form a therapeutic alliance that makes a difference in care at the end of their life. When the therapeutic alliance was strong, patients were less likely to spend time in an intensive care unit in the last week of life.  They…  Read More

End of Life Discussions with Doctors Help Patients and Caregivers

When advanced cancer patients talk with their doctors about preparing for the end of their lives, they have a better quality of life as death approaches.  They aren’t more likely to be depressed, and they receive less aggressive care in the last week of life. Because it is frightening and uncomfortable, many patients don’t bring up…  Read More