ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer will feature Kent Hospital's Palliative Care Program along with Kent Hospital resident physicians, in a segment focused on The Conversation Project, a national initiative dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care.
The segment is set to air this month and is focused on residents, those doctors fresh out of medical school and in the throes of training, who are demanding to be taught how to interact with their patients preparing for end-of-life care. Dr. Kate Lally, the director of palliative care at Kent, introduced a program to the residents to teach them how to talk to patients about their options, at any stage of illness.
This effort is all part of a bigger national initiative, The Conversation Project, which is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. Care New England Health System has joined a national Initiative with other pioneering organizations to support a new effort by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). The initiative is to better prepare health care providers to receive and respect patients' wishes about end-of-life care and is a critical companion to The Conversation Project.
Check out a preview of ABC's segment on Kent Hospital here: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2013/08/09/young-doctors-pave-way-for-end-of-life-conversations/
To learn more of Care New England's involvement with The Conversation Project, please visit: http://www.carenewengland.org/conversationproject/index.cfm