Everyone deserves to be asked five questions as they face life’s end, Dr. Atul Gawande says. And if families and doctors learn to ask and then really listen to the answers, he believes, care in this country will radically change.
I spoke to Gawande the day his documentary film about end of life was to premiere on PBS’s Frontline. The movie is based on his bestselling book, Being Mortal. Both the show and the book add to a growing national conversation about aging well and living fully when you have limited time. More and more, the focus is on what those facing their own mortality want — not just which treatments will extend life.