Do you think you communicate well with your doctor? If you have a chronic condition do you understand how that is going to progress? Do you have a plan of what is likely to happen at each stage?
In this episode, I have the privilege of talking to a family physician who is inspiring other physicians, and patients, to be having those valuable end of life conversations in a way that acknowledges the limited timeframe most physicians are operating within.
Dr Forrest Jones has been in practice for over 40 years, earning his doctorate in medicine at the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine and completing his Family Medicine residency at Cook County Hospital in Chicago IL. He has worked in multiple practice settings, including self-employed private practice, employed fee-for-service and managed care, hospitalist, and home visit companies.
He was inspired to start CaringEnd while having medical power of attorney for his parents. Motivated to have end-of-life conversations with all his patients, he failed because of several barriers. His efforts to overcome these challenges led to a process with added benefits of reviving his passion and inspiring his patients.
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Links and resources:
Link to The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy https://www.amazon.com/Death-Ivan-Ilyich-Bantam-Classics/dp/0553210351
Link to Five Wishes: https://fivewishes.org/
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"We're basically visiting the future. And if we can visit the future, then we have a plan." ~ Dr Forrest Jones MD
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