Category Archives: end-of-life issues

Death certificates

Death certificates.  What are they?  What information is on these?  As much as physicians want to preserve life, death certificates are also a bread-and-butter duty of physicians, especially family physicians. There is a great deal of information on the death … Continue reading

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What is deprescribing and why you should want it?!

What is deprescribing and why you should want it?!  Deprescribing is the act of removing medications that are no longer needed or beneficial. Our health care system is geared toward starting medications and not stopping them.  Did you know that … Continue reading

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What are some things a doctor should know about the elderly LGBTQ community?

What are some things a doctor should know about the elderly LGBTQ community?  I recently attended a panel discussion about medically related LGBTQ issues.  Here are some of the take-home messages 50% of nursing home staff thought “their colleagues” would … Continue reading

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What can the elderly do to decrease their number of falls?

What can the elderly do to decrease their number of falls? Lots of things!  Lifestyle modifications are best: structured exercise programs and home safety interventions (like get rid of throw rugs and electrical cords across walkways).  Multifactorial assessment and inv=tervention … Continue reading

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Late-life depression may be prodrome to dementia

There is a relationship between elderly patients with acute depression and progression to Alzheimer’s disease.   It is unclear whether depression in the elderly is a risk factor for dementia or if it’s a prodrome of the disorder. It’s important to … Continue reading

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Why doctors die differently?

The short answer would be that we have seen countless fruitless outcomes. As an example, the John Hopkins Precursors Study collated end-of-life decisions of 800 physicians graduating from Johns Hopkins between 1948 and 1964. Indeed this study was done a … Continue reading

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