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Person-Centered Care at the End of Life

Ted Epperly

Abstract


Person-centered care at the end of life is an area of medicine we must all be familiar and comfortable with.  This is the case as it will involve not only the people we care for but also our own family members, loved ones, and eventually ourselves.  Forty percent of all health care dollars in the United States health care system are spent in the last two years of a person’s life unless meaningful person-centered discussions occur.  Providing person-centered care for the remaining months of a person’s life is of extreme importance in helping people achieve their wishes and goals, maximize palliation, comfort, dignity, and quality of life.  This paper will focus on maximizing person-centered approaches of active listening and discussion, advanced care planning, clear communication, timely engagement of support services, family support, and compassion.  Our goal with person-centered care at the end of life is to allow as many people as possible a good death.

Keywords


Person-centered care, end of life, death, palliative care, living will, hospice

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Epperly TE. Person Centered Care at the End of Life. Paper presented at the 5th Geneva Conference on Person Centered Medicine, International College of Person-centered Medicine, 2012

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5750/ijpcm.v3i3.423

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