Dr. Ira Byock, Palliative Care Pioneer, Shares Why Language Matters

2018 ⸱ 

Ira Byock, MD & Anthony Shore


Pioneering palliative care physician and advocate Dr. Ira Byock shares why words matter when it comes to talking about serious illness and dying. He suggests that by speaking clearly about end of life physcians and patients become partners in designing personalized treatment and care.

About the speaker(s)

Ira Byock, MD is a palliative care physician, author, and advocate for improving care through the end of life. He has been involved in palliative care since 1978. His research has contributed to conceptual frameworks for the lived experience of illness; related measures for quality of life during illness, and effective life-completion counseling methods. He is Founder and Chief Medical Officer of the Institute for Human Caring of Providence St. Joseph Health system. Ira’s books include Dying Well; The Four Things That Matter Most; and The Best Care Possible.

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