054 How to Make Difficult Decisions Easier: Using Goals of Care and Benefits vs Burdens


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In This Episode:

Dr. K discusses a reader’s dilemma concerning his resistant 96-year-old father, and explains how using two foundational concepts — goals of care, and weighing benefits versus burdens — can help families work through difficult decisions. (See here for the posted question and her written answer.) She covers:

  • How to think about whether an older relative may have lost decision-making capacity
  • The three key goals of medical care: helping people live longer, feel better, and function better
  • Why thinking through goals of care is foundational in geriatrics
  • Three common non-medical goals for older adults: autonomy, safety, and privacy
  • What to do when goals come into conflict
  • How to use a “benefits versus burdens” framework to think through dilemmas and difficult decisions
  • How the reader with the resistant 96-year-old father might think through his options
  • 4 suggestions to keep in mind when discussing difficult topics with an older relative

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Using Goals of Care & Weighing Benefits vs Burdens
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