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PUBLICATION: Clarifying Core Content of Goals of Care Discussions

A recent review reveals what many of observe in practice: clinicians use the phrase "goals of care" in a variety of ways, often with a definition more assumed than revealed. The phrase is of particular importance when it is used to refer to a certain kind of conversation between a clinician and patient (or family), often called a "goals of care discussion." Sometimes the need for such a discussion is a clincian's shorthand way of indicating it is time to clarify a patient's code status or shift the focus of care to palliation. At other times, goals of care discussions refer to the need for a specific approach to conversation about a more general plan of care.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020