‘Are you saying I’m dying?’ Training Doctors to Speak Frankly about Death

July 17, 2017

(STAT News) – In response, advocates for improving end-of-life care have launched training sessions for doctors around the country. In California, Stanford’s palliative medicine department has trained dozens of hospice nurses using exercises similar to those carried out here by Alive. In New York, oncologists at the University of Rochester Medical Center observe their peers having conversations with real patients facing terminal illness. In Arizona, the administrators of Phoenix-based Hospice of the West hold regular training sessions, complete with small group discussions, at staff meetings.

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