Honoring Values for Patients With Serious Illness

Palliative medicine specialist Laura Shoemaker, DO, believes that it’s key for physicians to begin a difficult conversation by finding out what the patient knows about their condition. “Ask what they’ve been told and what their understanding of that is. Find out what’s most important to them.”

Demystifying Palliative Care

Cleveland Clinic Chair of Palliative and Supportive Care Laura Shoemaker, DO, addresses common barriers to palliative care for patients with cancer.

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