Dr. Angelo Volandes is an internationally recognized leader on end-of-life care. His work focuses on the use of videos to better inform patients about their medical options, and how healthcare systems can better align patient preferences with care delivered. 

Dr. Volandes is on faculty at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital. His research has been funded by the NIH, NCI, NIA, NINR, NHLBI, AHRQ and the Alzheimer’s Association. His work has been published or profiled by all the major media outlets including: The New York Times, The Atlantic, Forbes, CNBC, among others. He has given talks around the country including at Google. 

His first book, The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End-of-Life Care, was just released b...

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There is an unspoken dark side of American medicine-keeping patients alive at any price. Two thirds of Americans die in healthcare institutions tethered to machines and tubes at bankrupting costs, even though research shows that most prefer to die at home in comfort, surrounded by loved ones. 

Dr. Angelo E. Volandes believes that a life well lived deserves a good ending. What people with a serious illness, who are approaching the end of their lives, need most is not new technologies but one simple thing: The Conversation. And sometimes words alone are not enough, patients need visual images to imagine medical interventions. 

Dr. Volandes leads a group of internationally-recognized researchers who create and study video decision aids to empower patients and families to make informed decisions at the end of life. Research studies suggest that there are numerous barriers to communication between doctors and patients. One innovation to surmount these barriers includes using video decision aids to reinforce end-of-life conversations. He argues for a radical re-envisioning of the patient-doctor relationship and offers ways for patients and their families to talk about this difficult issue. Does your hospital and health care system align patient preferences at the end of life with care delivered? Dr. Volandes hopes to ensure that patients will be at the center and in charge of their medical care. Videos enhancing The Conversation may be one giant step in the right direction.

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  • The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End-of-Life Care
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