SPEAKER: Sally Okun, RN, MMHS is the Vice President for Advocacy, Policy, and Patient Safety at PatientsLikeMe (PLM) where she oversees patient voice initiatives; participates in health policy discussions at the national and global level. Prior to joining PatientsLikeMe in 2008, Ms. Okun practiced as a palliative and end-of-life care specialist contributing to multiple clinical, research, and educational projects focused on palliative and end-of-life care for numerous clients including Brown University & Harvard Medical School.
Language Matters in Palliative and End of Life Care
The words we use when communicating with others are key to mutual understanding. Yet, each of us brings our own perspective, perception and interpretation to words so the language we use can often have different meaning to different people. These nuances are important when we consider the language of health – a language historically the domain of doctors, nurses, scientists and researchers. It is a language perfectly inadequate for meaningful communication between clinicians and patients especially in conversations about advance care planning, palliative and end of life care. This talk explores how we can humanize the language of health with the voice of the patient.
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