PBS will air Frontline: Being Mortal tonight, Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 at 10pm EST. The special will air again on Sunday, February 15, 2015. We recommend that you check your local listings to confirm airtime.
Being Mortal, is a documentary that investigates how doctors care for the dying.
The film features the investigations of Dr. Atul Gawande, a Boston surgeon and NY Times writer, as he examines the relationships doctors have with their patients as they near the end of life.
Why is it so hard for many U.S. doctors to talk about aging and dying — what Gawande calls “the two unfixables”? And how can the medical profession better help patients navigate the final chapters of their lives with confidence, direction and purpose? FRONTLINE’s Being Mortal, from director Tom Jennings, will explore those questions in thoughtful detail — drawing on Gawande’s personal journey (including the prolonged dying process of his father), the stories of current patients and their families, and Gawande’s two decades of lessons learned from dying patients.
Read the full story: How Should Doctors Help Terminally Ill Patients Prepare for Death