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Caring for the Dying


									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 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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