At BIMDC we want to provide care that's right for you at every stage of
your life, from birth to death and at many points in between. To help us do this, BIDMC is working on becoming "Conversation Ready." We
are one of
ten national Pioneers
working with the
Institute for Healthcare Improvement
to improve how we — and health systems across the country — provide care
when people are very sick or near the end of their lives. But we can't do this alone. We need to work together with patients and
family members, like you, to get this right.
What do we strive to do?
out to our patients about what matters most to them regarding
those wishes and preferences in the medical record
that information from the medical record if/when it's needed, and
our patients' wishes and preferences
Why is BIDMC committed to becoming "Conversation Ready"?
Consider these facts...
Nationally, 94% of people think that it's important to
talk about their own and their loved ones' wishes for end-of-life care, but
less than 30% have actually had these conversations.
In Massachusetts, only 10% of residents say they have
spoken to their primary care physician or physician specialist about
Only 27% of Americans have discussed with their loved ones
what they want in terms of their end-of-life care.
Among those who'd lost someone without ever talking about end-of-life
wishes, over 50% say that some aspect of the experience
could have been improved if they'd had a conversation.
Among those who did have a conversation with their loved one, 63% say that they felt better knowing they were honoring
their wishes; and 39% say their loved one was able to die
just the way they wanted.
The Conversation Project, National Survey, 2013.
Massachusetts Commission on End of Life Care, End-of-Life Care Survey,