Wednesday, November 20, 2013

How Doctors Die: Showing Others The Way...

Powerful article in today's New York Times from NPR's Dan Gorenstein on how some Physicians are preparing themselves for death. They have many the same fears the rest of us do, but there is one significant difference in how they approach their end of times than how many of us do.

An excerpt:

There is no statistical proof that doctors enjoy a better quality of life before death than the rest of us. But research indicates they are better planners. An often-cited study, published in 2003, of physicians who had been medical students at Johns Hopkins University found that they were more likely than the general public to have created advance directives, or living wills, which lay out specific plans for care if a patient is unable to make decisions. Of the 765 doctors studied, 64 percent had advanced directives, compared with about 47 percent for American adults over 40.

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