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Palliative Care is About Living As Well As Possible for As Long As Possible

Published in 2018 in conjunction of when I spoke at the Third World Parkinson Congress in Montreal, Canada and the Fourth World Parkinson Congress in Portland, Oregon

Before talking about palliative care, I would like to ask you to answer a few questions:

  1. How do you define living well?

  2. What makes life worth living?

  3. What events do you look forward to?

  4. Who are the most important people in your life?

These are just a few of the standard questions I ask patients and their families when I see them in my palliative care clinic. Questions like these are essential to providing high quality palliative care because they allow me to get to know my patients as people and provide me with information I need to support them in living their best life.


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