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[Editorial] Why talking about dying matters

There are several conversations in life that are inherently difficult. Talking about the end of your life and confronting your mortality when faced with a terminal diagnosis is likely to be at the top of the list. On Oct 19, the UK’s Royal College of Physicians published the report: Talking about dying: How to begin honest conversations about what lies ahead. Based on extensive consultations with doctors, patients, and health-care professionals, the report highlights that physicians need to initiate honest conversations with their patients about their future care and treatment much earlier than after diagnosis of a progressive or terminal condition, including frailty.

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