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BIDMC's Conversation Ready Project

Conversation Ready at BIDMC: Rethinking Care at the End of Life: a feature story about Conversation Ready efforts at BIDMC, including a video featuring Susan Johnson, a BIDMC patient who spent eight months in the ICU.  

A first breath, and a last breath. In Longwood, that's life: a Boston Globe article featuring a BIDMC patient during her final days of life.

"A Soul Doctor and A Jazz Singer": a video featuring Lachlan Forrow, MD, BIDMC's Director of Palliative Care and the Ethics Support Service, and the singer and BIDMC patient Thelma Botelho. 

"Pioneering Health Care Organizations Pledge to Become Conversation Ready": announcement from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

"Who's Conversation Ready? How Health Care Can Respect End-of-Life Wishes": WIHI radio show featuring Lauge Sokol-Hessner, MD, BIDMC's Conversation Ready physician lead.

"Speak Up and Stay Alive: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Conversation Ready": radio program featuring BIDMC's Lauge Sokol-Hessner, MD, and Jennie Greene, MS.  

"Putting 'Conversation Ready' into Practice: An Interview with Dr. Lauge Sokol-Hessner": part of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's "IHI Improvement Blog."

"Mortal Matters": a Boston Globe column written by Lachlan Forrow, MD, BIDMC's Director of Palliative Care and the Ethics Support Service.

"Life as a HealthCare CIO": a blog by John Halamka, MD, BIDMC's Chief Information Officer.
• Documenting End of Life Care Preferences   
• What is Compassionate Comfort Care?   
Serving as Healthcare Navigator for my Father 
Unity Farm Journal First Week Nov. 2014 - on illness of his father-in-law, with comments by Lachlan Forrow, MD.  

"Gather Your Family to Talk Turkey": a BIDMC web spotlight about "Talk Turkey," featuring a video of BIDMC providers and staff talking about the importance of having a Health Care Proxy. 2-minute video or 4-minute video

 "A Wedding in Intensive Care": Haider Javed Warraich, MD, a BIDMC resident reflects on one patient's death in The New York Times.

"Boston Doctor Stresses End of Life Planning": Lachlan Forrow, MD, discusses the importance of advance care planning in this Boston Herald article.  

Al Jazeera and the Conversation Project: a video featuring a BIDMC Intensive Care Unit and The Conversation Project's Ellen Goodman.

The Conversation Project

Archive of The Conversation Project/Conversation Ready-related articles

Stories submitted to The Conversation Project

The Conversation Project YouTube channel

ABC News 

Recent advance care planning coverage and resources, including: 

• "Dying Jazz Singer Rediscovers Her Voice:" featuring BIDMC's Lachlan Forrow, MD, and patient Thelma Botelho
• "Facing Tough Decisions" 
• "The Conversation: A Family’s Private Decision"