Therapists participate in care throughout the lifespan. They play a part in the care of new born babies and in helping patients at the end of their lives. However, it’s the physicians that have the “conversation” with patients to decide how to live out the end of their days.
For many therapists, it can be very frustrating to not be a part of “conversation.” We are often the ones who spend the most time with the patients. We witness the sorrow and the suffering that may come at the end of life especially when a less informed decision regarding end of life care has been made.
The link below will take you to a very powerful article in the Atlantic about one physician, Dr. Volandes, who is taking on the way physicians have the “conversation” with patients. Dr. Volandes is creating videos to better explain to patients what life saving measures look like. He believes this allows patients to truly make informed decisions of their own.
Therapists may not have the “conversation” with the patients to legally determine if they should have CPR or be placed on a ventilator, but we can be an advocate for our patients by informing other providers of the resources available ensuring a truly educated decision is made.