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Changing attitudes, improving lives

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 07 March 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l1026

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Re: Changing attitudes, improving lives

How to change attitudes when we have different plans?
Oncologists are constantly trying to test new therapies in the treatment of cancer, so they always offer new protocols to their patients even for those who need to go into palliative care.
When the patient is aware of the details of the progression of his illness and able to decide, the task of the doctor becomes easier. How to discuss palliative care or organ donation with patients and parents is one of the communication techniques that physicians must learn and apply.
However, awareness and education of the population is continually required that it is through campaigns outside hospitals or within the walls of hospitals. Thus, patients and their families do not feel offended once the subject of palliative care or organ donation is proposed.
It is a matter of educating the population and training the doctors.

Grace Abi Rizk
Associate professor
Saint Joseph University

Competing interests: No competing interests

10 March 2019
Grace Abi Rizk
Family doctor
Saint Joseph University