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THE NEW YORKER. ANNALS OF MEDICINE. LETTING GO. What should medicine do uhen it can’t suve pour life? by Atul Gawande. AUGUST *. >> wait. Gawande begins “Letting Go” with the story of Sara Thomas Monopoli, 39 weeks pregnant with her first child “when her doctors learned that. I want to draw people’s attention to a fantastic new piece in the New Yorker by Atul Gawande titled, “Letting Go: What should medicine do when.

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When I first learned about palliative care through the Internet it was very clear that it included the relief of pain and suffering during non-terminal illnesses. They do get the conversation started, however. It may take a crisis, fiscal or otherwise, but substantive reform of entitlement programs is both possible and likely in the fairly near term, in my opinion.

The article features a section in which a Gunderson intensive care specialist talks about how the presence of the information elicited in discussions that occur before a crisis occurs allows much better management at the time of crisis, and in particular creates a setting in which the doctor, the patient, and the family all have an entry point for serious discussion of end of life strategies.

Thus, large families pay significantly more than small families and childless couples. Even with chemotherapy, the median survival is about a year.

Article written by a physician which highlights many common end-of-life issues. Health Care Directives – Having a health care directive can ensure treatment decisions are respected. Sara and her family instantly pinned their hopes on it. Sure, health care is expensive. Market purists blame the existence of insurance: We need to give up the notion that the problem at the center of our health care system is all about money—having enough, not having enough, whether reform will boost the deficit.


Insurers who sell Medicare Advantage plans are already paid different rates in each county they do business in, along with appropriate risk adjustment payments.

Death is the enemy.

“Letting Go” – The New Yorker’s Atul Gawande, on giving up life to live –

Is someone with terminal cancer, dementia, incurable congestive heart failure dying, lettinf However, if the disease worsens, treatment escalates, and cancer-related expenses create a U-shaped curve. A lot has been said about the high cost of end of life care, and a lot of emphasis has been placed on the cost savings that could result in forgoing that care.

July 27, at 4: See the history of other once-prosperous empires. The medical culture in the South is dominated, to a fair degree, by for-profit-hospitals which, by and large, are not leaders in palliative care. Over-all costs fell by almost a quarter. If you tell them that their hospital spends much more per-patient, bawande will say: Someone is paid for those extreme, often very lucrative treatments during the last two weeks of life: Finally, when someone is earning that much which is not unusual in the most rigid medical cultures— Boston to D.

The patients were not clustered around the median survival but, instead, fanned out in both directions.

You want Robert E. Word— Yes, expanding palliative care does seem like a no brainer—from the point of view of the patient.

“Letting go,” and why it’s so hard to do: Atul Gawande explores the challenges of end-of-life care

But as Gawande suggests, the toughest issues we face turn on questions about the purpose of medicine, and, I would add, the relationship between doctor and patient. Related Topics Hospice and Palliative Care. Associations between end-of-life discussions, patient mental health, medical care near death, gawands caregiver bereavement adjustment.


Samuel Mark, Bedbug Artist. Feet aren’t ugly A remarkable story of how one hospice volunteer connects with patients and families through their feet.

I will have to travel out of state anyway. She had wavy brown hair, like her mom, and she was perfectly healthy. Vivian was in a bassinet by the bed. It more or less did to me, until I actually had a chance to see what hospice was.

“Letting Go” – The New Yorker’s Atul Gawande, on giving up life to live

Patients need to understand their illness and their options — that they can have comfort care, or that certain treatments may have side effects, or may prolong life without improving it. Often, patients who undergo palliative or hospice care live longer than those who stay in the hospital or ICU. I suspect that what you read was referring to palliative care or confusing hospice and palliative care.

A prerequisite for being admitted to hospice is to be suffering from a terminal disease, and certain enough that you are dying that you are willing to stop all treatment except treatment to keep you comfortable and out of pain.

But the third who did were far less likely to undergo cardiopulmonary resuscitation or be put on a ventilator or end up in an intensive-care unit. Another outstanding piece from Dr.