The controversy behind end-of-life decisions is ever-present in our health system. Is it ethical to go against the wishes of a dying patient? When is end-of-life counseling necessary? Peter and Andrew probe into some of the unknowns, while addressing the controversy with Dr. Robert Martensen, Director of the Office of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Martensen is author of “A Life Worth Living”, a guide for patients facing tough questions when confronted with serious illness.
Don’t miss this provocative discussion as we explore some of the factors faced by health care professionals when working to help patients’ families to make informed and ethical end-of-life decisions. We will also identify some of the complex issues that must be considered by doctors and hospitals adjoining the treatment of terminally-ill patients.
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