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Ah: Language

Jessie, IMO you are spot-on about language. Language is critical to how citizens approach medicine, hospitalization, and dying. Care, treatment, therapy, advocate, advocacy, to advocate, nice. All critical words/phrases and concepts that have default meanings. The fun begins when we discover that some of these have *multiple* default meanings that differ by constituency (citizen, provider).

Changing language is hard-to-impossible. But we can change our mindset regarding language. Changing our mindset opens the real possibility of better outcomes since we enter experiences with our heads screwed on straight and our expectations based on realities rather than hopes and stories.

My book delves into this, as does my blog. 

 

Bart Windrum, author/presenter

• Notes from the Waiting Room: Managing a Loved One's End of Life Hospitalization

• How to Efficiently Settle the Family Estate

• The Option to Die in PEACE (Patient Ethical Alternative Care Elective) 

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