How would you like to die? A conversation with Stanford's VJ Periyakoil
How would you like to die? Asking patients that question is not easy for most doctors. In fact, most of us – doctors and patients alike – prefer to avoid the topic completely. VJ Periyakoil, MD, director of Stanford’s Palliative Care Education and Training, says this needs to change. To get these conversations started far and wide, Dr. Periyakoil launched the Stanford Letter Project – a campaign to empower all adults to take the initiative to talk to their doctor about what matters most to them at life’s end. In this podcast, she discusses the project and why it’s so important for patients to tell their doctors about how they want to spend their last days.
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