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New viewpoint highlights strategies for communicating prognosis with patients

A new viewpoint written by palliative care experts at Ariadne Labs and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) highlights key strategies for communicating prognosis with patients.

The viewpoint discusses the challenges associated with delivering difficult news to patients and how not receiving this information can create patient anxiety and distance them from their clinicians. The authors offer a framework that underscores three approaches for sharing prognosis—time, function, and unpredictability—that could help patients better understand their medical realities and meet their goals.

Please read the viewpoint in JAMA.