A study from the University of Washington and the Medical University of South Carolina revealed that when interns talked to patients about end of life matters found:
1. There was no difference in end of life care; and
2. Patients who had the conversation were significantly more depressed than those who did not have the conversation.
An article about this study goes on to try to understand the outcomes and suggest ways to help doctors learn to better help patients at end of life.
And the cartoon is good watching, too!
Take a look at the article here: http://www.geripal.org/2013/12/communication-training-is-simulation.html