Byock: Advance directives are counseling tool for families

02/14/2013 | Midland Daily News (Mich.)

Patients and families need help coping with their feelings, hopes and fears along with symptoms of disease, and not just treatment for their illnesses, Dr. Ira Byock told MidMichigan Health's 12th Annual Spiritual Care Conference. A "shift of mindset" is needed for health care professionals because their training is so focused on medical aspects of care, he said. Advance directives help foster communication and counseling for families making stressful decisions, he said.

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