Make a Bucket List -- Then Share It With Your Doc

From Drugs.com - February 9, 2018

Make a Bucket List -- Then Share It With Your Doc

FRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2018 -- Do you have things you want to do before your time's up?

If so, consider sharing that so-called "bucket list" with your doctors.

Those discussions could help your doctors provide health care that fits your life plans, researchers say. And for people with a chronic or even terminal illness, it could also help with advance planning.

A survey of more than 3,000 people across the United States found that 91 percent had made a bucket list. The older the respondents, the more likely they were to have such a list.

Bucket lists had six major themes, according to the Stanford University School of Medicine researchers who conducted the survey:

If doctors know what's on their patients' bucket lists, it helps them provide personalized care and encourages patients to follow healthy lifestyles, said lead author Dr. V.J. Periyakoil, a clinical associate professor of medicine at Stanford.

She's a geriatrics and palliative care expert who says she routinely asks her patients if they have a bucket list.

"Telling a patient not to eat sugar because it's bad for them does not work nearly as well as saying, for example, if you are careful now, you will be able to splurge on a slice of wedding cake in a few months when your son gets married," Periyakoil said in a university news release.


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