It's grim, but patients reap rewards when GPs help them plan for death

SMART PRACTICE

When navigating the woolly world of patient emotions, it can be difficult to bring up the topic of death. But it’s part of our duty of care, writes Dr Chris Moy.

As empirically driven pathways, processes, evidence, risk management and two- and five-year survival rates increasingly frame our work as doctors, intangibles of care (such as self-determination, aligning with patient wishes, empathy and compassion) seem to stand in devalued juxtaposition because of their inability to be quantified and therefore justified.  

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