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Department of Medicine

Department of Medicine

  Division of General Internal Medicine

Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics


Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics


For Health Care Providers: End-of-Life Conversations

Resources

If you need to make a referral to the Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics or if you need additional information, please call 412-692-4834 or e-mail Dr. Robert Arnold at rabob@pitt.edu.


Some Important Phrases to Remember When Talking to Patients about Surrogate Decision Makers

To open the conversation with the patient:

If the surrogate is NOT the patient's closest relative:

If the patient says that his or her surrogate would know what he or she wants but the patient has not spoken directly about this with the surrogate:

Additional tips: