80 PERCENT OF THOSE SURVEYED SAID THEY WOULD LIKE TO TALK WITH A DOCTOR ABOUT END-OF-LIFE WISHES, BUT ONLY 7 PERCENT HAD BENEFITED FROM SUCH OUTREACH.
Furthermore, a majority of those surveyed had not even communicated their end-of-life wishes to the loved one they would want making decisions on their behalf. That’s where Dr. Ira Byock, chief medical officer of the Institute for Human Caring at Providence St. Joseph Health, comes in. A renowned expert in palliative care and the author of The Four Things That Matter Most: A Book About Living and The Best Care Possible, Byock wants to reimagine health care as a more personal, approachable system.
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