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Time to Change the Conversation
November 1, 2016
Providence Institute for Human Caring
Failure to engage in end-of-life conversations has contributed to a health care crisis of people dying badly and has fueled physician-assisted suicide laws.
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Torrance-Based Physician Takes Whole Person Care to New Heights
September 1, 2016
The Torrence Tribune
While serving his internship in Fresno in the late 1970s, young physician in training Ira Byock had an interaction with a patient that would forever change his life.
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Asking agonizing questions at the end of life
December 1, 2015
More times than she can count, Dr. Carin van Zyl has heard terminally ill patients beg to die. They tell her they can’t handle the pain, that the nausea is unbearable and the anxiety overwhelming.
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“Right To Die” Becomes Law In California
October 6, 2015
The Diane Rehm Show on NPR featuring Dr. Ira Byock, executive director and chief medical officer, Providence Institute for Human Caring.
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Meet the Doctors Fighting to Grant Patients the Right to Die
September 17, 2015
From Time Magazine. Trained to preserve life, but seeking to allow some to end theirs on their own terms.
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Dying Well
September 14, 2015
At the end of your life, you'll probably want to be comfortable and at peace. So how do we make this happen? Dr. Ira Byock, author of "Dying Well" joins Marcus Smith to talk about hospice care.
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Doctor Recommends Focusing On Life Before Death
September 3, 2015
From The Joy Cardin Show. Death is not a subject that most people want to think or talk about, which Dr. Ira Byock thinks is unfortunate. Not only will everyone experience it eventually, but humans are unique in being aware of their own mortality and being able to plan for it.
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5 Questions for Ira Byock
April, 2015
A dialogue on end-of-life care. From Spirituality & Health Magazine.
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Dying Shouldn’t Be So Brutal
January 31, 2015
From The New York Times. Our health care system is well honed to fight disease, but poorly designed to meet the basic safety needs of seriously ill patients and their families. We can do both. We must.
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We should think twice about 'death with dignity'
January 30, 2015
From The Los Angeles Times. Like women's rights, voting rights, gay marriage and hikes to the minimum wage, it's only a matter of time before physician-assisted suicide becomes legal...
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5 Action Steps to Improve End-of-Life Care in Your Community
January 25, 2015
From Huffpost Healthy Living. In a recent interview, Dr. Ira Byock, palliative care physician and author of Dying Well, stated...
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