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Caring for the Dying May 2010 In This Issue Greetings! Four Things You Can Do This Month People often think health care means curing sick people. But patients Community Update with incurable illnesses need health New on the Website care too. Do you know what kind of support your dying patients may need Faculty Corner from you? Read on for advice. Upcoming Events Four Things You Can Do This Month 1. Watch this video. When you're caring for people with chronic or terminal disease, your job isn't to cure them. So what is your job? Geriatrician and end-of-life expert Joanne Lynn explains. 2. Listen to this WIHI recording. Patients and families often find themselves at odds with their medical providers when faced with advanced illness. Listen in to "Quality Care During Advanced Illness: What Do Patients Want That Works?" 3. Download these tips. Many of us feel awkward when talking about death. Download UPMC's communication card for useful tips on talking with patients about end-of-life planning. 4. Read this New York Times article. Pauline Chen explores why it's so hard for caregivers to tell patients they are dying -- and why it's so important to do so. Community Update The IHI Open School Basic Certificate of Completion has been completed by 299 students and 350 health professionals! Chapter Stats: The IHI Open School has Chapters on 235 campuses in 30 countries. Start a Chapter if you don't see one near you on our Chapter Map. Learn about what Chapters are doing on our Community Updates page. New on the Website Poll: How many people are actually capable of making end-of-life decisions when the time comes? Test your knowledge. Video: A medical student admits he doesn't know how to do an arterial stick. The resident supervising him isn't happy. Activity: In this fast-paced group game, you'll learn systems thinking as you move "patients" through an emergency department. Faculty Corner Are you teaching your students about end-of-life care? Check out the Handbook for Mortals by Joanne Lynn, MD, and Joan Harrold, MD. It's a free, online guide for patients -- but it's an eye- opening text for caregivers as well. Upcoming Events June 3: WIHI -- Learning by Data and by Doing: Low-Cost, High-Quality Health Care in America June 17-18: Student Quality Leadership Academy, Cambridge, MA The application deadline for this year's Leadership Academy has passed. We received about 200 applications for 50 spots; we regret we could not accept everyone who applied. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out about applying for next year's Academy. Dec 5-8: IHI National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care, Orlando, FL See all upcoming events >> The IHI Open School is funded by the generous support of the Rx Foundation, the Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and individual supporters like you. Please consider supporting the IHI Open School with a donation.
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