When Doctors Should Ignore End-of-Life Directives – Next Avenue

Read article – In an op-ed, Kathryn B. Kirkland, professor of medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine, professor of The Dartmouth Institute, interim section chief of palliative care, and director of the humanities in the medicine program in the department of medicine, argues that there are times when doctors should ignore end-of-life directives. “…Making sure your surrogates know what is important to you is critical. They will be the ones to tell your doctors whether to use life support in situations of uncertainty,” said Kirkland. (Kirkland is also participating in this year’s Dartmouth Public Voices project.)

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