Doctors Die Too, but Maybe Differently

I stumbled across this terrific article titled:

How Doctors Die by Ken Murray a FP at USC.  

It is largely anecdotal, but is a really an interesting perspective on how at least some physicians choose to forgo futile end-of-life treatments because they know the limits of modern medicine first hand.

Also Enjoy:

Octogenerian’s Letter to Santa


2 Responses to Doctors Die Too, but Maybe Differently

  1. Dr. Pullen
    I just read your article about narcotic drug abuse. As a physical therapist, I am appalled at the use of narcotics as a first line of treatment for musculoskeletal pain. Doctors often think someone is in too much pain to go get treated in physical therapy and prescribe medication, injections, etc. in order to either avoid sending someone to PT or delaying that initial visit. There are several issues here that require physician understanding. One is that physicians must shop around for PTs that are use best practice guidelines. There are many hands on interventions used by physical therapists that are used for these severe pain situations. Present guidelines promote the research findings that early intervention by a physical therapist not only reduces costs but prevents problems “downline” with unnecessary tests and unnecessary invasive interventions. I have tried for years to get primary care and internal medicine to take a few hours just to learn a little about what they should expect from physical therapy. I am sure that what they think PT is is mostly the result of what happens based on reimbursement and not best practice recommendations (that would be a long topic in itself). I originally proposed a 3 hour continuing education course. Then 1 hour. I am now down to asking for 30 minutes. On top of that, this is in no way a marketing ploy–I am too busy to handle my case load at present. I just want to help prevent the tragedy of chronic pain!

  2. I read this article at the original site and could not agree with it more. As a physician I think we have a different view of the medical world.

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