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<p>Patients with serious and life-threatening illnesses are faced with choices on the treatments they receive or elect not to receive. The treatment for a patient with advanced cancer is different than the treatment for a patient with advanced heart failure or chronic obstructive lung disease. However, the essence of a serious illness conversation is the same: What are the patient&rsquo;s goals, values, and preferences? How do those inform their plan of care?</p>

How to Initiate Serious Illness Conversations With Patients