September 20, 2016

A short documentary worthy of your time

If you have Netflix, please invest 24 minutes viewing the just-released documentary Extremis. It is an intimate and educational look at end-of-life decision making through the eyes of the physician as well as the patient and loved ones. In 24 short minutes, the makers of this film manage to touch on the process of shared decision making, the crucial role of personal values in that process and the nearly overwhelming challenges that patients, physicians and proxies face every day.

This film should be mandatory for every professional involved in the health care system and for every patient and family member facing the possibility of medical decision making now or in the future.  Oh yeah, that's all of us.