Being part of this profession we’re used to making some difficult decisions—where should I earn my DO degree; which specialty should I enter; and what program should I select as my top choice for continuing my training?
As DOs, we have a responsibility to help our patients make some tough decisions, too, especially about end-of-life care. Did you know that while 70% of Americans have thought about advance directives, only 29% actually have a living will? With National Healthcare Decisions Day taking place on April 16, this provides a good time to discuss the subject with your patients. It’s certainly not an easy topic to broach but an important one to ensure that your patients’ wishes are clear when they may not be able to speak for themselves.