NYT: Talk to your doctor about your Bucket List.

I love this idea. So often I struggle with setting treatment goals for patients, and equally difficult, how to bring it up, make it relevant to their lives, and make their treatment consistent with their life goals. This is a wonderful, succinct way to think about it and ask about it. I’m going to start doing this.

Our EHR already has a great place to put “Patient Goals.” Why not make that the patient’s Bucket List? Seems right to me.

CMIO’s take? Sometimes the non-medical literature is where we learn the most about humane health care. What are you doing to help your patients reach their goals?

Author: CT Lin

CMIO, University of Colorado Health; Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine

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