Timothy Ihrig: What we can do to die well
Timothy Ihrig - Palliative care physician
Timothy Ihrig advocates for an approach to healthcare that prioritizes a patient's personal values. Full bio
today about health care.
about the health and care
population in our country --
complex serious health issues.
about economics as well.
should scare the hell out of you --
about palliative medicine:
grounded in what they value.
live better and longer.
of my very first patient.
Harold, 68 years old,
and worse and worse.
that had spread to his brain.
to go share with Harold and his family
and options of care.
news is it, sonny?"
and we listened and we shared.
that has meaning to you?
and said, "I want to go fishing."
my training in my career,
that had led us to crisis,
to the American way of life today,
this population, the most ill,
of the gross domestic product --
take up 15 percent of the GDP.
over the next two decades
with health care at that point.
every thing that we value
economy and capitalism
for a minute, forget the numbers.
for all these dollars we spend.
about six years ago,
spent by Medicare --
the highest per capita expenditures
system on the planet.
country in the world.
and sub-Saharan African countries
as far as quality and value.
every day in my practice,
on your own journeys have experienced:
more surgery, more whatever --
long white-coat physicians --
and pathology and surgery
across a continuum.
the sickest of the sick --
at this population differently,
at a different level, a deeper level,
of the human condition than my own?
never had to go to the hospital?
and in 20 years is 60 percent of the GDP,
by nearly 70 percent.
based on their values,
from diagnosis through the end of life.
that started in her cervix,
that you hold sacred?"
because I can barely pedal a bicycle,
one day at a time,"
other chapter of our life.
where Richard's at day-to-day.
of end-stage lung disease.
just for the elderly,
joining us here today.
and I met him several years ago.
metastatic testicular cancer,
from a bone marrow transplant,
understand -- what is cancer?"
what we're dealing with?
without empowering somebody
in who they are as human beings
any kind of thing to you.
to palliative care these days
people live better and live longer.
out of the New England Journal of Medicine
by friends of mine, colleagues.
reported less pain,
would write a prescription for it.
long white-coat physicians
of dealing with this,
all come to at some point.
is not about dying,
the chapters of our lives,
needs to happen today --
and our grandchildren.
and everything we see.
to engage with human beings,
that we will all face,
shout and we demand
About the speaker:Timothy Ihrig - Palliative care physician
Timothy Ihrig advocates for an approach to healthcare that prioritizes a patient's personal values.
Why you should listen
Dr. Timothy Ihrig, MD practices palliative medicine, caring for the most vulnerable and sickest people, and helps other providers improve the quality and value of the care they provide to this population. His work has shown how patient-centered care improves quality and length of life, and that it has significant economic benefits to patients, healthcare systems and the economy.
Ihrig is nationally recognized for his expertise in continuum population health and community-based palliative care. He holds appointments as content expert to the Accountable Care Learning Collaborative, an industry-leading healthcare innovation collaborative co-chaired by former Health and Human Services Secretary and Utah Governor Mike Leavitt and former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Mark McClellan. Ihrig is a member of the Advisory Council of the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative, a think-tank for strategies in health care quality, safety and value for the state of Iowa. He also serves as an Iowa Alternate-Delegate to the American Medical Association.
Ihrig has been an expert source for palliative care development for the Brookings Institution, and he was the sole practicing physician assisting the Iowa General Assembly in raising minimum standard requirements for Iowa physicians with respect to end-of-life care and oversight of prescriptive narcotics. He also acted as an expert clinician in support of Iowa Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment bill. He holds appointments as Clinical Adjunct Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Iowa Carver School of Medicine and acts as Palliative Care clinical instructor. He is on the board of the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Iowa, is the former chair of the Advocacy Committee and sits on the Palliative Care Advisory Committee.
Ihrig's other interests include sexuality at the end of life and global health. He served as the Medical Chair of the Health Services Committee for Empower Tanzania Incorporated, whose mission is the development of sustainable healthcare solutions in sub-Saharan Africa for individuals suffering with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-limited illnesses.
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