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[ScienceLine] Visualizing the very end: A group of doctors advocates use of videos in advance care planning
For the better part of the last decade, Volandes, who studied filmmaking during medical school, has been producing short videos to inform decision making about end-of-life care. With funding from the federal government and the [Informed Medical Decisions Foundation], Volandes and other doctors have tested the videos in controlled studies, and they have been integrated into standard practice at 35 large health care organizations in the U.S.Read the full-text article.
This approach is still early. We need many more people like Angelo making many more videos, and posting them on the web for comments and feedback. We also need many more people using other approaches -- through writing (fictional and nonfictional), through art, and in other creative ways -- to help us understand what different medical choices might mean. We need ways to finance the production and wide dissemination of high-quality tools that help us make good decisions, as organizations like Angelo's and the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation are trying to do.Read the full-text article.