Today, the experience of dying in the United States too frequently becomes a medical event that involves more intensive services than are necessary or desired by patients, frequent transitions between care settings, and inadequate treatment of distressing symptoms. Lack of coordination between health care teams increases risks and creates avoidable burdens on patients and their families. Dying too often occurs in hospital settings, with family and friends sometimes separated from the patient because of distance from home and community.
Dying in America, a consensus report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM), studies the current state of health care for persons of all ages who are nearing the end of life. It finds that improving the quality and availability of medical and social services for patients and their families could increase quality of life for patients and also benefit the health care system.
writer Atul Gawande in the PBS Frontline documentary:
Being Mortal: Medicine & What Matters in the End
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Atul Gawande on Being Mortal
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