A British doctor has mixed Bowie nostalgia with a reflection on the importance of palliative care.
David Bowie’s impact on British society and culture was profound – so much so that a British doctor has mixed Bowie nostalgia with a reflection on the importance of palliative care. Dr. Mark Taubert, a palliative care specialist from Velindre NHS Trust in Cardiff, published an open letter in the BMJ ‘thanking’ Bowie for opening up a dialogue on palliation.
“Your story became a way for us to communicate very openly about death, something many doctors and nurses struggle to introduce as a topic of conversation,” Taubert writes.
Taubert recounts the last days of David Bowie – admittedly with some poetic licence – and describes how palliation would have helped him. Taubert says he has recently used Bowie’s example as a means to persuade patients unsure about palliative care. Patients are reluctant to talk about death, Taubert suggests, and there is usually a need for doctors and nurses to establish a rapport with patients before they will discuss end of life treatment.
David Bowie and palliative care
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