Saturday, May 11, 2013

Videos Help Patients Align Treatment and Preferences

At a 1990 Senate finance subcommittee hearing on the Patient Self Determination Act, Senator Danforth testified: "I think that if many people were shown video tapes 10 years before of how they are going to spend the last months of their lives, they would have said, 'Please, do not let this happen to me.'"

More than two decades later, Senator Danforth has been proven right.  Patients shown advance care planning videos better appreciate their options and opt for less aggressive treatment.  


william Peace said...

What do you think of these videos? I am extremely skeptical. I can readily imagine these videos being used in place of patient doctor communication. Doctors save time and cover themselves in terms of malpractice. Many boxes and forms can checked off. Am I too jaded?

Thaddeus Mason Pope, J.D., Ph.D. said...

They supplement patient-doctor communication. They do not replace it. And to the extent that they partially replace in-person time, the tradeoff is well worth it in terms of patient education, understanding, empowerment.

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