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How to Talk End-of-Life Care with a Dying Patient - Atul Gawande

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Published on Oct 12, 2010

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Practicing surgeon Atul Gawande discusses the four important parts of talking with terminally ill patients about their end-of-life care. Rather than pressing patients to make hard decisions, Gawande emphasizes the importance of asking questions about their hopes and fears.

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This excerpt was taken from a program titled "How to Live When You Have to Die," featuring Atul Gawande. It was recorded in collaboration with the New Yorker Festival, on October 2, 2010.

Atul Gawande is a practicing surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital, in Boston, and an associate professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. Previously, he served as a senior health-policy adviser in the Clinton Administration. He is the author of "Complications," "Better," and "The Checklist Manifesto." This year, he won a National Magazine Award for his New Yorker piece "The Cost Conundrum."

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