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Patients' Values Vary Widely, So Listen Carefully


Dr Arnold is a palliative care specialist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. As part of his job, he helps patients have conversations with their families regarding end-of-life care. The patient's religion and/or culture can greatly affect these conversations and other end-of-life decisions.  Vitalists: 10% of Americans are “vitalists” who believe that life is worth living, even if in a comatose state. My view is that, if the patient is a vitalist, then it is okay more...
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