Study: Many patients fail to talk with doctors about end-of-life

04/2/2013 | Reuters

Seniors may discuss end-of-life decisions with family members but neglect to do so with doctors, a situation that can lead to unnecessary stress, according to a Canadian study. "The real problem is the failure of the health care team to engage them," observed Dr. Daren Heyland of Kingston General Hospital in Ontario. "It is important that [patients] open their mouths and adequately communicate their wishes and request or ensure that they get documented appropriately in whatever medical record the facility has for them."

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