At the Intersection of Quantity and Quality

Hello, May I Help You Plan Your Final Months?

  • August 28th, 2014


Imagine you’re at home. You have cancer. You just had another round of chemo, and the phone rings.

“My name is Kate. I’m a health care counselor,” the gentle voice of the caller says from her cubicle in Cherry Hill, N.J.

This is not a typical telemarketing call. She wants to talk with you about your serious illness and, […]

Food and the Dying Patient

Featured in the New York Times Well blog on August 21st

The patient had dementia and could no longer swallow. The intricate workings of the muscles of her throat were failing, and she was no longer able to move food or liquids reliably into her stomach. Instead, they too frequently ended up in her lungs, and she drowned a little […]

The P.E.R.S.O.N Checklist (for the care of people who are patients in the ICU)

  • June 22nd, 2014

In my June 19, 2014 article in the New York Times Well blog, I advocated for the use of patient-centered checklists for ICU patients with critical or life-limiting illnesses. Their use has given me confidence that I am considering the unique pieces of personal information that accompany each individual under my care. I believe that understanding my […]