Nov / Dec 2019 / Jan 2020 Newsletter

Nov / Dec 2019 / Jan 2020 Newsletter

Skilled Communication with Seriously Ill Patients is Both Crucial and Learnable, Experts say

Clinicians who receive training report increased confidence in their care delivery

High-quality communication is a critical factor in the care of seriously ill patients, as it enables patients and their families to understand the illness and participate in care planning decisions aligned with their goals and values. Yet, because too few clinicians have been exposed to evidence-based training, serious illness conversations can often be suboptimal, according to a special article published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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