Topics discussed during palliative care conversations

Rarely discussed topicsFrequent topics
  • The process of dying and the discussion of prognosis

  • Spiritual or religious beliefs

  • What dying might be like

  • How long the patient has to live

  • Getting sicker

  • Future treatment decisions

  • Preferences for life sustaining treatments, such as intubation, tracheostomy, oxygen, tube feeding, intravascular fluids and hospital care

  • The possibility of an intensive care unit admission

  • The intubation procedure

  • The patient's inability to speak or to eat while being ventilated

  • The likelihood of death if mechanical ventilation was not performed

  • The death rate associated with mechanical ventilation