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The Doctoring the Doctor Principle

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According to the Harvard Medical School, physicians may delay bringing up hospice for a number of reasons. For one thing, doctors are committed to conquering disease, so referring a patient to hospice can seem like a sign of medical failure on their part. Many say they donít want to take away a patientís hope. Physicians may also fear losing contact with their patients, not realizing that they can and should be a part of the hospice team.

A few pertinent questions to ask your loved oneís doctor:

  • What are the chances that the treatment plan prescribed for my loved one will be successful?

  • What are the risks to my loved one from the treatment plan?

  • What are the chances that it will help improve my loved oneís quality of life?

  • Does my loved oneís condition fit the qualifications for hospice care?

  • Have you considered such care? And if not why not?

One of the first and most important concepts to learn as a Fearless Caregiver is that we are in fact an equal member of our loved oneís care team. Sometimes, it is up to us to make sure we can get our professional partners past their misinformation and even their fear to help them deliver the best possible care for our loved ones.


Gary Barg

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