Individuals facing serious life-threatening illness and approaching death deserve to be treated with dignity, respect and compassion and to receive care that is focused on the individual’s choices for care. Families need and deserve to receive support. To achieve their goals, individuals need to plan ahead, know their choices, make sound decisions and share their wishes with their loved ones and health care professionals. Health Care Professionals need to be aware of the patient’s goals of care and share existing medical evidence with patients to facilitate their decision-making.
Health Care Professionals should discuss choices of end of life care with their patients who have advanced progressive chronic illness, or terminally ill.
At the Tennessee End of Life Partnership (TELP), we aim to educate and empower patients, families, health care and other professionals to accomplish this goal.