A 7-step toolbox for better end-of-life communication

03/28/2013 | Medscape (free registration)

A team-based approach and systems that support evidence-based training are needed to help clinicians adequately provide medical counseling to patients with life-limiting illnesses, Dr. Anthony Back of the University of Washington told a cancer conference. He offered a seven-step set of skills: Provide a simple, clear map of the best care; describe options simply and quickly; weigh the pros and cons; share a prognosis in terms appropriate to patients; realize more than one visit may be needed; give positive feedback for constructive steps; and offer a recommendation.

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