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THE RISE OF THE PALLIATIVE CARE TEAM AND THE NEED FOR PRIMARY CARE DOCTORS TO PROVIDE END OF LIFE CARE

Although primary care doctors or their designees should ideally deal with the end-of-life care for a patient they have been treating for many years, today the patient’s final days are…

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THE IMPORTANCE OF TRUST IN THE END OF LIFE CARE PROCESS

The end of life can be a very scary time for the patient, as well as for his or her family.  Patients typically have questions, such as “Now what?” and…

WHAT IT MEANS TO CARE FOR A TERMINAL PATIENT
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WHAT IT MEANS TO CARE FOR A TERMINAL PATIENT

Today there is an image of doctors as miracle workers who can use technology to perform miraculous cures on dying patients, so they are returned to a happy and productive…

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WHEN DOES LIFE END?

At one time, the end of life was very clear.  People died of an illness, injury, or just of old age, when their organs critical for functioning gave out, and…

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THE ASSISTED SUICIDE DEBATE

The issue of assisted suicide has increasingly been raised for anyone involved in end-of-life care.  There are certain medical policies in place in my state of Massachusetts, which does not…

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Photos From The Shoot

Here are some of the best photos from filming Death’s Door. You can see a more extensive collection at the book and film’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/atdeathsdoorbookandfilm.  These will also…

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Actors, cameras take over Heywood Hospital space for a TV pilot on one doctor’s cause: caring for patients in their final days

by Peter Jasinski, pjasinski@sentinelandenterprise.com GARDNER — If you visited a corner of Heywood Hospital’s third floor at some point in the last two weeks, there’s a good chance that the…

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THE DNR-DNI CONTROVERSY

One of the big end-of-life care issues is the DNR/DNI or “do not resuscitate/do not intubate” controversy.   This issue comes up, because normally in an emergency life-threatening situation, the…

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WHAT TO DO WHEN THE PATIENT WANTS ONE THING AND HIS FAMILY WANTS ANOTHER

In At Death’s Door, I didn’t discuss some of the legal complications, because some of these issues are too complicated.  So here I wanted to discuss some of these subjects,…

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COUNTERING THE POPULAR STEREOTYPE OF THE END-OF-LIFE CARE DOCTOR

In At Death’s Door, I have described what it’s really like to be an end-of-life care doctor.  This is very different than the image presented in the films and on…