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Katy commented on "A Good Day to Die: My Mother Died Like a Warrior"

I don't know how IDEO or funders can operationalize this, but patients and families need straight talk from doctors about the pathway ahead YEARS before the crossroads that leads to the final "No more." So they can get used to death's approach.  70% of us die slowly and undramatically of degenerative conditions (including just plain aging) like heart failure, kidney failure, lung failure and "the dwindles."  Do we need scalable "straight talk" websites that allow regular folks to plug in their conditions and find out: A. How long am I likely to live with this condition? B. What will my downward course look like? Will I need caregivers, and for how long? C. Have I become so  physically or mentally fragile that the stress of surgery or a hospital stay or another round of chemo has a 50-50 chance of destroying my current quality of life and plunging me into debility and/or a nursing home? There is a site called "ePrognosis" that has made a start at this, founded by Eric Widera, MD, who created the Geri-Pal blog.