Patient-centered care means treating the individual

Dan MunozI hope you’ll take the time to check out our podcast project, The Heart of Caring, which highlights stories that deepen our understanding of patient- and family-centered care. A recently added story comes from physician Dan Munoz, who recalls a decision about whether to place a 99-year-old patient on a ventilator. It’s often considered humane to withhold invasive procedures on patients whose lives appear near the end. But as Dan points out, clinicians need to make sure that they carefully weigh the case of each patient as an individual rather than make decisions based solely on age or other such factors.

Dan tells the story so eloquently in the recording below:

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