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Contest Entries

Talking About the End

Entrants: Betty Ann Bowser, Bridget Desimone and Jenny Marder

Affiliation: The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

TV (Local markets, network, syndicated)

Year: 2008

Place: Third Place

Provide a brief synopsis of the story or stories, including any significant findings.

Recent studies show that barely a third of advanced cancer patients report having substantive conversations with their oncologists about end-of-life care. NewsHour Health Unit correspondent Betty Ann Bowser profiled an advanced lung cancer patient who found herself in this scenario. The story examined the patient-centered model of care and the physical, emotional and financial benefits to having end of life discussions.

Judges' comments: Barely a third of advanced cancer patients say they have meaningful conversations with their oncologists about end-of-life care. The Health Unit at the NewsHour profiled an extraordinary patient who recognized her own doctor was uncomfortable with the topic, then found another doctor to help identify her wishes. The conversation helped not just her, but her husband and daughter, to cope better. The story went on to examine more broadly the physical, emotional and financial benefits to having end-of-life discussions.

See "Talking About the End."

See the contest questionnaire about how this story was reported.

 

 

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