Kathy Kastner is founder and curator of the only patient/consumer-perspective website for end of life education, BestEndings.com, and author of the eBook, Death Kills… and other things I’ve learned on the Internet. Kastner also shares this information by speaking at healthcare conferences, blogging on health websites, hosting tweetchats, and participating in invitation-only think tanks. Kathy Kastner has received numerous awards for her advocacy and work in end of life education.
In this podcast, Kathy Kastner talks with Helen Osborne about:
- End of life. An emotionally fraught topic often prompted by a new diagnosis, change in health status, or even news reported in the media.
- Examples of words, terms, and end of life concepts that are often misunderstood.
- Ways professionals can help improve education and understanding about end of life. Ways patients, families, and the public can help in these conversations too.
More Ways to Learn:
- BestEndings: End of life planning made easier. At http://www.bestendings.com
- Kastner K, 2016. Death Kills… and other things I’ve learned on the Internet. Available at https://www.amazon.com/Death-things-learned-internet-illustrated-ebook/dp/B01LXKFCBV
- Changing focus from planning end of life to preparing for end of life decisions. Includes, “Do you know what you’re going to eat next Tuesday?” An interview with Dr. Rebecca Sudore, at http://www.bestendings.com/end-of-life-decisions-and-next-tuesdays-food/
- Palliative Home Visits are the Future. An interview with a palliative care physician. At http://www.bestendings.com/palliative-home-visits/
- Next Step in Care: A Guide for Family Caregivers about Hospice and Palliative Care. At http://www.nextstepincare.org/Caregiver_Home/Hospice
- Osborne H, “Communicating Bad and Sad News,” On Call magazine, May 1, 2005. Full text at http://healthliteracy.com/2005/05/01/bad-sad-news/
Health Literacy from A to Z: Practical Ways to Communicate Your Health Message, Second Edition (Updated 2018), by Helen Osborne. Relevant chapters include: 5, 8, 11, 13, 22, 41