Talking About the End
Entrants: Betty Ann Bowser, Bridget Desimone and Jenny Marder
Affiliation: The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer
TV (Local markets, network, syndicated)
Place: Third Place
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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.
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