Q-and-A: End-of-life care lacking in U.S.

01/20/2009 | NYTimes.com

Most Americans die in a hospital or nursing home and neither setting is structured to handle end-of-life care, says Dr. Robert L. Martensen, a physician, educator and author. He says there is not enough palliative care available and adds that physicians need to "get comfortable with being realistic" about a patient's chances of death.

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