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One Book – One Lincoln – 2016 – Resources

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Resources on the Topics of the Book


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Discussion Questions for 2016 — click for a printable copy of the questions!

Also: See the 2016 Discussion Groups page for information about joining a public discussion of Being Mortal!


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Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, is a surgeon, writer, and public health researcher. He practices general and endocrine surgury at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Samuel O. Thier Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

Atul has written four New York Times bestsellers: Complications, Better, The Checklist Manifesto, and most recently, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End.


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Non-Book Recommendations


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What is a Green House Home?

The Green House Project represents a revolution in long-term care, creating small homes that return control, dignity, and a sense of well-being to elders, while providing high-quality, personalized care.

A Green House home differs from a traditional nursing home in terms of facility size, interior design, organizational structure, staffing patterns, and methods of delivering skilled professional services. Green House homes are designed from the ground up to look and feel like a real home.

Tabitha will be heading up a 3 part workshop with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Nebraska, titled “Begin with the End in Mind”, on September 16, October 24 and November 18, 2016.

The founder of the Green House Home concept, Dr. Bill Thomas, will be bringing his “Age of Disruption” tour to Lincoln, September 21 – you can find more information regarding this at drbillthomas.org.

Tabitha will be extending the Small House concept to the rural community of Crete, with the grand opening of two homes slated to open in August/September 2016.


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  • The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care.  They believe that the place for this to begin is at the kitchen table—not in the intensive care unit – before it’s too late
  • Five Wishes helps you express how you want to be treated if you are seriously ill and unable to speak for yourself. It is unique among all other living will and health agent forms because it speaks to all a person’s needs: medical, personal, emotional and spiritual. Five Wishes also helps structure discussions with your family and physician
  • Talking With Others About Their End of Life Wishes from The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization — Even if you have done everything to communicate your own end-of-life wishes, you may find yourself in a situation where you need to take the initiative and have the discussion with family members or loved ones who have not shared their end-of-life wishes with you. Here are a few helpful pointers to keep in mind as you plan for having this conversation.
  • How Doctors Can Approach End of Life Conversations (The Wall Street Journal, September 2015)
  • Beginning the Conversation About the End of Life — American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)

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  • The National POLST Paradigm is an approach to end-of-life planning that emphasizes patients’ wishes about the care they receive. The POLST Paradigm (Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) is an approach to end-of-life planning emphasizing: (i) advance care planning conversations between patients, health care professionals and loved ones; (ii) shared decision-making between a patient and his/her health care professional about the care the patient would like to receive at the end of his/her life; and (iii) ensuring patient wishes are honored. As a result of these conversations, patient wishes may be documented in a POLST Form, which translates the shared decisions into actionable medical orders. The POLST Form assures patients that health care professionals will provide only the treatments that patients themselves wish to receive, and decreases the frequency of medical errors.
  • Nebraska Advanced Directives — from caringinfo.org
  • Difference Between a POLST and an Advanced Directive
  • getpalliativecare.org — Palliative care (pronounced pal-lee-uh-tiv) is specialized medical care for people with serious illness. It focuses on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.
  • FAQs of difference between hospice and palliative care
  • FAQs of difference between hospice and palliative care (different source)
  • National Institute of Health — information about palliative care

One Book – One Lincoln – 2016: Main Page | Finalists | Programs | Discussions | Additional Resources


One Book – One Lincoln is a community reading program sponsored by Lincoln City Libraries. The program encourages all adults in Lincoln and Lancaster County to read and discuss the same book at the same time. The goal of the program is to encourage reading and dialogue by creating a community wide reading and discussion experience.
The presence of a link on this page does not indicate an endorsement by the Lincoln City Libraries. Links are provided for informational purposes only, in conjunction with the themes and subject matter of this year’s One Book – One Lincoln selection.