Ep. 40 May End of Month Update on the End-of-Life with Dr. Karen Wyatt

In this episode Dr. Wyatt begins with a brief discussion about Memorial Day and the need for people to come together and recognize our shared humanity during this time of deep polarization in US society.

Discussion includes:

  • Study in the UK shows group meals for dementia patients lead to better health and quality of life
  • NYC passed a law to protect family caregivers from being terminated from their jobs due to their caregiving duties
  • Journal of Oncology reports that black women with breast cancer are 14% less likely to receive hospice care and 59% more likely to die in the hospital, compared to white women with breast cancer
  • Palliate Guide is a new app for smart phones that contains basic palliative care guidelines and opiate prescribing tools
  • Study done at UCSF shows gap between doctors’ estimations of patient survival rates and surrogates estimates; surrogates were much more optimistic about survival but doctors were more accurate
  • Survey shows nephrologists have difficulty recommending palliative or hospice care for patients with end-stage renal disease and knowing when to withdraw dialysis
  • Early palliative care is associated with less stress and depression for family caregivers later on during the illness
  • Dr. Seamus O’Mahony from Cork University in Ireland has been quoted as saying, regarding end-of-life care: “Our needs are spiritual, not medical.”

Much love to all from Dr. Karen Wyatt! If you enjoy this podcast please consider offering your support on our Patreon page at patreon.com/eolu

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About kwyattmd

Karen Wyatt MD is a family physician who has spent much of her 25 year medical career working with patients in challenging settings, such as hospice, nursing homes and indigent clinics. She is interested in a spiritual approach to medicine, illness, death and dying and is the author of two books. Check out her website at www.karenwyattmd.com
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