Our Coalition’s mission is to ensure that everyone in Massachusetts receives health care that honors their goals, values, and preferences.
Through the Coalition, we have an opportunity to build on the good work of clinicians, community groups, researchers, and leaders in health and government by coordinating efforts. Our combined initiatives will promote substantial, systemic change.
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The Coalition’s 2018 consumer research found that just 13% of Massachusetts adults report having a conversation with their doctor about the kind of end-of-life care they wanted. Part of the problem may be that the topic of death is just so hard to talk about, for both the patient and the doctor. “One of the things we hear really commonly is that people just don’t have a good understanding of what the road ahead looks like when they’re very sick,” said Anna Gosline, the Coalition’s director. “And so when you don’t have a really good understanding of what your prognosis is and what’s going to happen to you, it’s really difficult to know what to do or not do…”
Protests against police brutality are reinvigorating efforts to address racial disparities, top health care sector leaders say. At an online summit hosted by the Massachusetts Coalition for Serious Illness Care, prominent Brigham and Women’s surgeon and writer Atul Gawande, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts CEO Andrew Dreyfus, and the Institute for Health Care Improvement’s Kate DeBartolo said they’re committed to fixing racial disparities.
Massachusetts residents and Americans across the nation continue to flatten the curve, but health experts are preparing for more “curves” in mental health care that will be seen in a post-pandemic world.
Mass. Survey On End-Of-Life Plans Finds Gap Between What We Say And What We Do
A post on WBUR’s CommonHealth blog about the Coalition’s most recent research and our effort to encourage patients and families to talk about what matters most to them when it comes to care for serious illness.More