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Doctors rarely discuss end-of-life care for chronic lung conditions


​(Reuters Health) - Though most people suffering from chronic respiratory diseases want to discuss their preferences for end-of-life care with medical providers, they seldom do, a new review of past research suggests.
 
“It’s easier to avoid the conversation, which is rarely a brief one,” said Dr. Cari Levy, a professor at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. “Our systems are not designed to allow for meaningful conversations that may take some time.”
 
Levy, a palliative-care physician who routinely discusses end-of-life questions with her patients, believes that confronting death can be empowering.