End-Of-Life Conversations Don’t Happen as Regularly as They Should in Arizona / by Joe Furia

Sandy Severson, Vice President of Care Improvement

In a recent survey by the Arizona Medical Association & Arizona Osteopathic Association physicians were asked about their views of end-of-life care. The results identified major findings and opportunities, including the following: 

  • Counseling patients regarding end-of-life options occurs only 50 percent of the time when end-of-life was near
  • Counseling patients regarding end-of-life options occurs only 37 percent of the time routinely in older patients
  • Surveyed physician’s also felt that “good deaths” are not frequent and that a major barrier is lack of end-of-life training

AzHHA’s Thoughtful Life Conversation initiative is partnering with the organizations who led this survey to offer physician and healthcare team training on Communication in Serious Illness to improve and encourage physicians to have the end-of-life conversations with their patients. For more information on the Communications in Serious Illnesses training, dates and locations of current trainings click here.  To arrange to have a training held in your community or for your staff, contact Karen Beckford.