MED 51Q: Spring 2015 Class

Project presentations by Spring 2015 students at Stanford on June 1, 2015

Transitions: Finding concordance between health-care outcomes and fundamental humanistic values
by Hollis Kool and Alyssa Morrison

Observing this connection of decision-making between wishes and reality is important because often, these decisions are not made beforehand and do not accurately reflect the intentions of the individual. By understanding the process and thought behind decisions can lead to more predictable outcomes relevant to everyday life and the end-of-life process.

 

How Religion Shapes Perceptions Towards End of Life Care by Anthony Milki and Krista Cooksey

End-of-life discussions are very difficult. These discussions are often complicated by both the patient’s and physician’s belief systems which are made up of cultural beliefs as well as religious practices. Given the capacity of these various systems of belief to clash and cause miscommunication, it is highly important for physicians and members of the medical community to understand the ways in which these ideas are shaped in order to better serve their patients.

 

Physicians’ Perspectives on End-of-Life Care by Ted Miclau

We often hear about the choices patients make, but rarely is the treatment of doctors themselves discussed. Is there a consistency in how physicians feel towards their personal end-of-life care, and why they might have been led to think in a certain way. Although the subject is interesting, it is only a problem if doctors do not feel the same way as patients, in which case we need to evaluate why such a dichotomy occurs.

 

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