Medical Treatment Decision-Making: Sometimes Less is More

Posted on September 14, 2013

You may have heard about the practice of “slow medicine” which refers to careful, attentive medical care; mostly focused on palliative, comfort care.  However, slow medicine is much more than that. This practice suggests using a holistic approach to health care, with thoughtful consideration of recommended medical interventions, weighing both benefits and burdens during acute and chronic illnesses. Today’s New York Times blog post illustrates the importance of making careful, “slow” decisions- fully informed by individuals’ and families’ care goals and values- early on in the health care process.