It’s Time to Talk

We’re here to help you have rewarding conversations with your patients about their care goals, preferences, and wishes near the end of life.
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VITAS Healthcare commissioned a 2021 nationwide study that found the COVID-19 pandemic has made many Americans – especially younger Americans – more open to talking about their wishes and values for end-of-life care.

The survey of 1,000 U.S. adults found that:

  • A majority of respondents (69%) report that talking about their wishes and values for end-of-life care is important to them, but only slightly more than half (56%) have actually discussed those wishes. This is a marked increase from 2018, when a Conversation Project study found only 32% had shared their wishes.
  • 1 in 5 respondents said they had a loved one who was seriously ill or died during the COVID-19 pandemic, but they did not know their wishes or values for end-of-life care.
  • More than a quarter (29%) of respondents said that the COVID-19 pandemic increased their likelihood to write down their wishes and values for end-of-life care.
  • Nearly a quarter (22%) of respondents said people should start thinking about wishes and values for end-of-life care when their doctor brings it up to them – and the percentage increased to 31% for non-white respondents (compared to 17% of white respondents).

Dr. Illeana Leyva and Dr. Eric Shaban, VITAS regional medical directors, give a step-by-step demonstration of how to approach a goals-of-care conversation.