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Doctors can’t face having conversations with patients about their death.

Stanford University’s Medical School has just published the results of a survey of 1,040 American doctors. Almost all of them encountered difficulties holding end-of-life discussions with their patients; 86% rated these conversations as “challenging.”

These types of conversation are going to become much more common. By 2050, the number of Americans age 65 and above will more than double to around 88.5 million, compared with 40.2 million in 2010.

 

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