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Freedom from the tyranny of choice – teaching the end-of-life conversation

by jmiller on June 26, 2012

“Aaron Waxman, an intensivist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, insists that conversation include the words “death”, “dying” and “die”.  Rather than try to dissuade patients from choosing resuscitavie measures by stressing their potential brutality, Waxman chooses to focus on ways the physician can help or promot comfort.  Through his example, he teaches residents that patient autonomy is not synonymous with endless choice.  (NEJM, May 3)  (click here to read entire article