Hospice

Taking control of your health

Listened to a fascinating TedTalk that looks at how physicians can work together to better diagnose and treat patients, but also, how patients can take a more active role in their care.

Eric Dishman has endured more than a fair share of health issues, but when faced with a dire diagnosis, he decided to take some control. He sees the foundations of our current healthcare system as faulty, dependent on too much guesswork and patient passivity, but he also poses a potential solution. Eric believes that if the fundamentals of care are developed in three main ways: caregiver networking, the personal customization of care, and what he calls “care anywhere,” which translates to the constant availability and accessibility of health advice regarding basic care, that people can more fully understand and direct their healthcare.

Dishman’s idea isn’t that far from what my colleagues and I have been aiming for with the Hospice and Palliative Care Advisory Group. The more informed we are, the better our decisions, and if we need more information, if we want an educated but unbiased opinion, it ought to be available. In this digital age, it should never be that difficult to get.

Eric closed by introducing the crowd to the woman who donated a kidney and saved his life. For many, it won’t be one person or one surgery, but it will be about making decisions and understanding that we can have a hand in the outcome. To watch the TedTalk, click here. To read about the Hospice and Palliative Care Advisory Group, click here.

Thanks for reading.

-Dr. Joe

Let's Talk

After listening to a TedTalk by Alison Killing about architecture, hospitals, and dying, I was struck by this quote:

“If we want better buildings for dying, then we have to talk about it, but because we find the subject of death uncomfortable, we don't talk about it, and we don't question how we as a society approach death.”

This is so true and can be said of anything having to do with death or dying; If we don’t open the door and get past the discomfort around discussing these things, the important questions remain unanswered. I want to have some say in how my care is handled, and I bet you do too.

Here’s a link to a site where you can download free power of attorney forms. And here you can watch the TedTalk I mentioned.

Thanks for reading-

-Dr. Joe