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A bad death is avoidable

September 28, 2017


How to have a better death. 


Death is inevitable, but for most people in rich countries it's not sudden. In these countries, about two thirds of deaths take place in a hospital or nursing home. The vast majority of people would prefer to die in their own home. 


The Public Policy Editor of 'The Economist', John McDermott, in this film examines how terminally ill patients can have the death they want.


In the Economist film shared here we see - at the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre in north-west England - Michael being cared for by Dr Peter Kirkbride, who is pioneering a new approach that gives patients a greater say in their end of life care. The conversation taking place is a chance for Michael to set out his priorities for his final days.


Doctor Kirkbride is following a checklist of questions called the Serious Illness Conversation Guide, designed for patients with approximately a year left of their lives in order to understand how they want to spend their final months.


A vast majority of patients aren't having the deaths they want simply because they haven't been asked what matters to them. Open and honest conversations about the end of life can give patients the best chance to die how and where they choose.



Watch this eyeopener:




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