“We physicians must come out from behind our machines and high-tech treatments and do something that can be more difficult than replace a heart valve: talk with our patients and their family members about what is really going on. We owe patients this essential information so they can understand the range of options, and their limits. Each of us — physician, patient, and family member — must look carefully at our collective tendency to celebrate technology and to assume that more is always better.”
Dr. Zitter is the author of the newly released Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life which serves as a practical guide for engaging in the radical honesty, authentic communication, and vibrant collaboration needed to improve end-of-life care for all.
Articles by Jessica Zitter, MD