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Good question Daniel. Indeed, around the time of diagnosis of a serious illness, both physicians and patients tend to focus more on possible life-saving treatments. However, as we discussed, the goal of these early discussions is to help patients have a better understanding of their illness, treatment options, and prognosis in order to make informed decisions. Additionally, patients are able to discuss their fears and worries in a safe environment, which in itself is therapeutic. Thus, early conversations are not necessarily about advanced care planning or discussions on "preparations for the worst". I believe that education is the key to changing the existing perceptions and misconceptions about serious illness conversations among health professionals as well as the general public.

Edwin Ocran

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