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

Most Recent Articles

My Own Death

By Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter Source: Thrive Global To me, in this profession, at its simplest level, heroism is acceptance of our own mortality. And that is where we all — doctors and laypeople alike — must [...]

All That Glitters

By Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter Source: Thrive Global I used to love “swanning” my patients — — until I realized I was hurting them. The Swan Ganz Catheter, or “Swan,” was introduced in 1970 as [...]

Death Over Dinner

By Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter Source: Well Being Journal ​​In my family, death is a common topic at the dinner table. So common, in fact, that it’s sure to induce an eye roll from one [...]

How to Die Well

By Jessica Nutik Zitter Source: Time Magazine I first met Stephanie in the Intensive Care Unit. She was an urgent admission — in shock, her blood pressure was almost unmeasurable. Over the previous [...]

Misleading Metrics

By Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter Source: Health Affairs Blog A few years ago, while at a family get-together, I sat across from a retired hospice social worker named Terry. I am a physician [...]

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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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