Stories Have The Power to Transform End-of-Life Care

As an ICU and Palliative Care physician, Dr. Zitter’s writing offers an insider’s perspective on the public health crisis that touches us all: people dying badly.

Dr. Zitter is a regular contributor to The New York Times and The Huffington Post, and her writing also has appeared in The Atlantic, Time, Journal of the American Medical Association, and many other media.  

She is the author of the newly released Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life, which serves as a practical guide for engaging in the radical honesty, authentic communication, and vibrant collaboration needed to improve end-of-life care for all.

Selected Articles

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Honesty Is The Best Policy

By Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter Source: Psychology Today The machines in my patient’s hospital room whirred away, compensating for her heart, lung, and kidney failure.  She had grown so dependent on the machines [...]

The Marine

There are many different types of heroism. Don, a marine, was thirty-one-years-old and had been suffering from cancer for eight years. Although he didn’t yet realize it, he had entered the active phase of [...]

Goals of Hair

By Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter Source: Psychology Today My friend’s mother was coming to the end of her grueling fight with breast cancer. As a palliative care physician in a local hospital, I [...]

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If so, you’ll enjoy her newly released book, Extreme Measures. It weaves patient stories into the fabric of a broader perspective: the social, societal, and psychological factors of how end-of-life plays out in our current medical culture.

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