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Courageous Conversations

Individual Learning Track

Courageous Conversations

SERIES OVERVIEW

Bravely Discussing End-of-Life Realities, Wishes, and Goals

Our healthcare system is increasingly focused on giving voice to patient concerns about the importance of determining goals of care. This is critically important as it addresses both patient autonomy as well as appropriate use of medical resources. Advance care directives can be useful tools to guide care as patients become sicker, but are only as effective as the conversations that precede, support, and infuse the documents. These conversations are not easy and are often approached lightly or even completely avoided. This series, Courageous Conversations, provides insights and strategies that can allow for effective, factual, and compassionate dialogue, whether it involves delivering bad news or providing guidance at the end of life.

Lesson One: DELIVERING BAD NEWS

Sharing unwelcome news with empathy and courage

Lesson Two: FACING THE QUESTIONS

Encouraging meaningful conversations and important planning

Lesson Three: RISKS AND BENEFITS

Acknowledging the realities and limitations of many end-of-life interventions

Lesson Four: TALKING ABOUT DEATH

Discussing the “taboo” topics of death and dying

Lesson Five: NORMALIZING DEATH

Providing comfort and support for those at the very end of life