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Positive Framing

EOL documents tend to focus on what will not be done; framing this in a positive manner can help make decisions easier and reduce fear.

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Who is your idea designed for and how does it reimagine the end-of-life experience?

My idea is designed for those that are using EOL documents or having/leading EOL conversations. This could lead to a training platform for caregivers/providers.

We can't expect the average person to understand the many implications of EOL decisions, and the fear behind making the wrong decision plays a role in preventing people from making those decisions. By framing conversations and documents in a positive manner, it can help make decisions easier and reduce fear in making the decision as well as improve understanding of the outcome. I am hopeful this can be done in a legal-friendly manner.

What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

Review various EOL documents and see where things can be framed in a more positive manner. Also observe people that guide EOL conversations (such as counselors and other caregivers) to see how they manage the conversations and also interview them to get their thoughts on how things can be improved. Since this is also a legal issue, also interview a few lawyers to get their thoughts on reworded documents could impact hospital/caregiver liability.

What skills, input or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

Access to EOL providers for above interview would be helpful. Also, personal stories from community members about their experiences regarding EOL conversations (for themselves or others) to understand how they felt, what would be been improved. Some simple structured experiments rewording EOL documents and testing to see which are preferred would also be useful.

Tell us about your work experience:

I have industry experience in developing and supporting commercialization strategies for medical devices and pharmaceuticals. Also have engineering experience (in automotive industry).

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