Critical Illness, Prognosis, Hope & Truthfulness
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What is meant by the term "critical illness"? What are the possible outcomes for someone who is deemed to be in such a condition? How can we determine what the prognosis is in such circumstances?
Dr Calvin Lightbody is joined by Professor Robin Taylor to discuss these questions and explore what makes a good "prognostic conversation". The issues around truthfulness and hope at this difficult, uncertain time are covered. They also explore some of the barriers to open, realistic conversations.
The episode concludes with suggestions on how to address this sensitive issue.

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