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3/20/2018 - Medical Grand Rounds: The Dream of a Common Language: A Family's View of Truth Telling in Medicine





Credit Hours: CME 1.00

Target Audience:

Faculty, residents, fellows, and community physicians in General Internal Medicine and subspecialties.

Educational Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Translate the phrase “goals of care” into kitchen-table language easily understandable by people without medical training.
  • Describe how two potential “goals of care,” one valued by a physician and another valued by the patient or family, might come into conflict.
  • Name at least one phrase, sometimes used by doctors in conversations about the end of life, that families may interpret as medical abandonment, and to provide alternative language that conveys continued commitment.

Suggested Additional Reading:

Knocking on Heaven's Door, by Katy Butler. (Scribner, a division of Simon & Schuster, 2010

Katy Butler — Family caregiver, journalist, and author of Knocking on Heaven’s Door
No relationships with industry relevant to the content of this educational activity have been disclosed.
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The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.