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Should Medical Professionals Get More Training in Discussing End-of-Life Issues with Patients?

Conversations surrounding end-of-life care aren’t easy — even for health care professionals who work closely with terminally ill patients. We discuss how Houston’s doctors and nurses handle such conversations and interpret their mandate to “do no harm” when efforts to extend a patient’s life may conflict directly with the quality of that life. We also […]

Conversations surrounding end-of-life care aren't easy — even for health care professionals who work closely with terminally ill patients.

We discuss how Houston’s doctors and nurses handle such conversations and interpret their mandate to “do no harm” when efforts to extend a patient’s life may conflict directly with the quality of that life. We also learn how medical schools here incorporate end-of-life care into their curriculum.

Our guests are medical ethicist Dr. Eugene Boisaubin, from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, and Petra Grami, a nurse manager from Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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