Wednesday, December 6, 2006

End of life care on NPR

NPR's Fresh Air yesterday included an interview with Stephen Kiernan about his book Last Rights: Rescuing the End of Life from the Medical System . (This book appears to be getting a lot of press lately, as it was one of the NY Times articles I mentioned last week.) The interview is quite interesting, and worth its fifteen minutes. In fact, it's the sort of sane, overall accurate coverage that end of life care, palliative care, etc. so desperately needs. My favorite moment was when Terry Gross asked about DNR orders and Mr. Kiernan's immediate response was to talk about how DNR orders are not end of life care plans or advanced directives etc., but, well, just that--DNR orders--and what is desperately needed is real & realistic end of life care planning, etc.

You can listen to the interview online, for free, at the link above.

In keeping with recent tradition, I'll thank my wife, Sarah--who I just discovered is lurking on online knitting bulletin boards under the name ' benjamom'--for alerting me to this.

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