January 08, 2013
Guide Offers a Blueprint for End-of-Life Conversation With Youth
Aging and Long Term Care CE Course “Adolescents and young adults can feel very frightened and alone when their bodies are no longer responding to medical interventions and decisions are being made around them,” said Wiener. “Allowing them to be involved in decisions, and to document how they wish to be remembered, enhances the trust in parent and medical provider relationships and provides them with the opportunity to give meaning to their life.” The product of a collaboration between clinical research teams representing two different areas of focus within NIH’s research hospital—pediatric oncology and psychiatry—Voicing My CHOICES can be used to help patients, families, caregivers, and health care providers. Voicing My CHOICES is available from Aging With Dignity (www.agingwithdignity.org), a nonprofit that provides the advanced directive document for adults, Five Wishes. References Wiener L, Zadeh S, Battles H, Baird K, Ballard E, Osherow J, Pao M. Allowing adolescents and young adults to plan their end-of-life care. Pediatrics. 2012 Nov;130(5):897-905. doi: 10.1542/peds.2012-0663. Epub 2012 Oct 8. Wiener L, Ballard E, Brennan T, Battles H, Martinez P, Pao M. How I wish to be remembered: the use of an advance care planning document in adolescent and young adult populations. Journal of Palliative Medicine. 2008 Dec;11(10):1309-13.