Palliative Care Resources

We had a great discussion today regarding palliative care at morning report. Below are some interesting resources worth checking out. Special thanks to Dr. Kazi for mentioning these resources!

Knocking on Heaven’s Door

Written by Katy Butler, a best-selling memoir that details her own experience with the medical system and end of life care of her parents.

http://www.amazon.com/Knocking-Heavens-Door-Better-Death/dp/1451641982/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1403103159&sr=8-1&keywords=knocking+on+heaven%27s+door

National Cancer Institute Palliative Care Webpage

Great Q&A format that explains what palliative care is and available resources to patients and their family.

http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Support/palliative-care

Letting Go – Atul Gawande 

Article from 2010 in the New Yorker about Dr. Gawande’s own experience as a physician and helping patients with end of life care. Thought provoking article that asks the question, “What should medicine do when it can’t save your life?”

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/08/02/100802fa_fact_gawande?currentPage=all