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"Will You Remember Me?": Talking with Adolescents About Death and Dying

Journal title
Child and adolescent psychiatric clinics of North America
Publication year
2018
Author(s)
Pao, M.; Mahoney, M. R.
Pages
511-526
Volume
27
Number
4

This article describes the preparation, rationale, and benefits of talking with adolescents who have life-threatening or life-limiting illness about advance care planning (ACP) and end-of-life concerns in a developmentally sensitive manner. The first step is to ensure that a health care provider is ready to work with adolescents in ACP discussions by taking a self-inventory, learning communication skills, and understanding individual barriers. The authors then outline how to assess patient and family readiness, including developmental, cultural, personal, and psychosocial considerations. Evidence-based techniques for respectfully and productively engaging adolescents in ACP conversations are discussed.

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