"There is an unspoken dark side of American medicine--keeping patients alive at all costs. Two thirds of Americans die in healthcare institutions tethered to machines and tubes, even though research indicates that most prefer to die at home in comfort, surrounded by loved ones. The question How do you want to live? must be posed to the seriously ill because they deserve to choose. If doctors explain options--including the choice to forego countless medical interventions that are often of little benefit--then patients can tell doctors how they wish to spend the remainder of their lives. A doctor's heroic efforts to prolong a life can instead prolong that patient's death, and these traumatic measures also bankrupt the healthcare system. One third of the Medicare budget is spent on the last six months of life, often on technological interventions that are not helpful and inflict more suffering. Through the stories of six patients and six very different end-of-life experiences, Volandes explores the trajectory of events and treatments that occur with and without this essential conversation. He argues for a radical re-envisioning of the patient-doctor relationship--including videos to spark discussions--and offers ways for patients and their families to talk about this difficult issue to ensure that patients will be at the center and in charge of their medical care"--Provided by publisher.
The Aphasia Institute resources are intended for patient education.
Titles in this collection include:
-Intimacy and relationships : talking to your doctor : an interactive booklet for people and their medical practitioners (WL 340.5 A6415 2005)
-Life is larger than aphasia : a self-help book for people with aphasia (WL 340.5 A6411 2006)
-Pictographic communication resources : enhancing communicative access (WL 340.5 A64111 1996)
-Supported conversation for adults with aphasia (SCA) (WL 340.5 A64110 1996)
-Talking to your case manager : help your case manager to help you : an interactive resource for people and their health practitioners (WL 340.5 A6412 2003)
-Talking to your counsellor or chaplain : an interactive resource for people and their health practitioners (WL 340.5 A6413 2003)
-Talking to your doctor : help your doctor to help you : an interactive resource for people and their medical practitioners (WL 340.5 A6414 2003)
-Talking to your nurse : help your nurse to help you : an interactive resource for people and their health practitioners (WL 340.5 A6416 2003)
-Talking to your occupational therapist : help your occupational therapist to help you : an interactive resource for people and their health practitioners (WL 340.5 A6417 2003)
-Talking to your physiotherapist : help your physiotherapist to help you : an interactive resource for people and their health practitioners
(WL 340.5 A6418 2003)
-Talking to your speech-language pathologist : help your speech-language pathologist to help you : pictographic resources for people who know more than they can say (WL 340.5 A6419 2014)
-What is aphasia? : an information booklet for adults with aphasia, their families and their caregivers (WL 340.5 A6410 2003)