Articles and Interviews

“How do you want it to end?” by Paula Span 8/17/12 on New York Times website

“Best Care: We Make Death Harder Than It Has To Be” – 3/26/12 Interview (text and audio) on NPR with Dr. Ira Byock, author of The Best Care Possible

Dr. Atul Gawande: Make End Of Life More Humane – 7/29/10 interview (text and audio) with author Dr. Atul Gawande on “Fresh Air with Terry Gross”

Six Steps to Help Seniors Make the CPR-DNR Decision by Viki Kind in CSA Journal 52 (2012).

“Letting Go: What should medicine do when it can’t save your life?”
by Atul Gawande, M.D.
The author, a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Massachusetts, describes the difficulty doctors encounter when treating patients with life-threatening illnesses, especially when all treatments have failed. This is a must-read article for laymen and professionals alike. Available online at the New Yorker website.

“Why Did Her Husband’s End-of-Life Care Cost So Much?” by Amanda Bennett

May 28, 2012, The Daily Beast/Newsweek Magazine

“Die the Way You Want To: Taking Charge of Your Last Days Eases Everyone’s Burden” by Ellen Goodman
January/February, 2012, Harvard Business Review