Oct 11 2012

No More Clipboards

We’ll admit it – we’ve been watching a lot of television lately. But can you really blame us? Television shows can be a useful tool to start a conversation.

Take the most recent episode of Grey’s Anatomy as an example. In the premiere, as we discussed in a post last week, we saw how the docs dealt with carrying out their friend and colleague’s advance medical directive and living will.  But in the second episode, the writers took us back in time to when he created it.

Take a look:

Notice the clipboard?  We did.

The decisions Mark Sloan makes are too important to wait until the last minute – too important for a clipboard. Sloan might be a fictional character, but his story is sadly far from fiction.

All too often patients or their families are handed a clipboard and asked questions they’ve never talked about. Let alone thought about.

We’ve all put the conversation off at some point. It’s something we don’t want to think about, but we need to.

Avoid the clipboard. Start the conversation with your family now. Here are some tips on how to start the conversation.  And after you do, let us know how it went. Did you learn something you’d like to pass on to others? Share your story on Facebook or Twitter.


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