“As a doctor, “you always want your recommendations to be in alignment with what the patient would want, what their values are, what their preferences are,” says Trevor Bibler, a faculty member at Baylor College of Medicine’s Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy. Lacking that information when loved ones and medical professionals need to make difficult decisions in a time of strain “can be an additional area of distress,” he says.
So preparing some simple paperwork – and having a few important conversations – is more crucial than ever, say experts in palliative medicine and bioethics. Here’s what you need to know.”
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