Decisions about one’s medical care, especially in a crisis or when a life-limiting illness progresses, are deeply personal and often difficult to confront or articulate. Yet, it is vitally important to take time to think about and discuss what matters to you most when it comes to your medical care. With its family vacations, reunions and other happy gatherings, summer is a perfect time to bring family members together to begin “The Conversation.”
LQI is launching a public engagement campaign to encourage individuals and families to have “The Conversation.” Between now and the end of the calendar year, there will be dozens of community and family gatherings hosted by our project partners and led by Conversation Project facilitators. At each event, attendees will learn about and have the opportunity to complete The Conversation Project Starter Kit. The kit offers helpful discussion questions and scales to drive values-based conversations about important topics such as: “What do you value most?”; “What could you not imagine living without?”; “How involved would you want to be in decisions about your care?”; We hope you’ll be one of the several hundred people we expect to participate in our Conversation Project campaign. If you would like to schedule an event for a community or civic organization you are involved with, please contact us or one of our project partners:
If you are hosting a Conversation Project gathering, download our presentation materials now.
I feel I can be a better physician now that I understand palliative care and the extra layer of support it offers patients and families.”
Molly has been my bride for 43 years. For me, quality of life includes knowing she’ll have access
to the care giving resources she’ll need as my cancer progresses.