1:2:1 Podcast

VJ Periyakoil on doctors and end-of-life directives

Since 1990, U.S. patients have been able to sign documents that indicate the type of care they want to receive at the end of life. A new study by VJ Periyakoil, MD, director of palliative care education and training at the Stanford School of Medicine, examined physicians' attitudes toward these advance directives and found little has changed since the law's passage, with most saying they would continue to pursue aggressive treatment for terminally ill patients. In this podcast, Periyakoil discusses why doctors want one thing for themselves at the end of life and quite another for their patients. 

Length: 26 mins. 42 sec.