The 4th International Advanced Care Planning and End of Life Care Conference has just been held in Melbourne, run by the ACPEL Society.
A keynote speaker was Professor Robin Taylor, Respiratory Physician from Dunedin Hospital, New Zealand. His team produced this video, entitled “A Good Death”, featuring a real patient, who is dying from COPD, and the efforts made to improve his care in the last stages of his life.
In the words of Professor Taylor:
“We wanted to make this film because we realized that the care we were providing to patients with respiratory disease at the end of life was missing the mark, and I don’t think we are alone. Two families expressed their appreciation but also their frustration at the way their loved ones had been looked after in Dunedin Hospital, and so we began to change the way we do things. We are now much more attentive to the issue of ‘dying well’, and we are still working at it. We believe that good end of life care is worth striving for. This film tells the story of one patient and his family.”
Think about this patient the next time you see a patient with ANY end-stage disease, and ask the question; “Just because we can provide a particular treatment, does it mean that we should?”
Special thanks to Martin Cavanagh and his family for their generous and selfless contribution to medical education, and thank you to Professor Robin Taylor, for kindly allowing us to feature the video.