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What Doctors Wish Their Patients Knew About Death

One thing is this according to one doctor. A person might look as though they are dying but actually their days are perhaps not numbered.

The person could die, but could pull through. Understandably, the family of this person might not want to send their loved one to palliative care because that might seem like sending them on their way to the abyss.

It might seem like giving up, and so the family won’t want this. But the doctor said you don’t have to be on the verge of death with a countdown to enter into this kind of care.

He said don’t be afraid to ask for it if the person is sick and suffering. Palliative care doesn’t have to be a death sentence and might just be the best option for a sick person. But then in some cases the person really is at the edge and palliative care in a hospice is absolutely needed.

The thing is, sometimes doctors wait too long to tell the family this is what should happen now. “Nothing else can be done,” as we said, are not easy words to say for many doctors.

In fact, research undertaken by the U.S. National Institutes of Health asked this question, “Why do physicians overestimate life expectancy of a person who is terminally ill?”

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