Margaret Bourne, MD, Medical Director at Hospice by the Bay, counsels physicians on when and how to begin the discussion regarding end-of-life treatment with patients and their families. She outlines the benefits of early referral to both patients and caregivers, who are often waiting for their physician to start “the conversation.”

All physicians are invited to call Hospice by the Bay’s toll-free admission line, (888) 720-2111, for referrals, advice on prognosis, symptom management, or to request a consultative visit. A free Hospice by the Bay Referral app is also available at the App Store for iPhone and iPads, and at the Google Play Store for Android devices.

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