Palliative care experts weigh in on end-of-life care study

09/19/2013 | Kaiser Health News

Hospital-based palliative care practitioners stressed the importance of training for physicians and early end-of-life care conversations with patients in discussing a Dartmouth Atlas study that found regional variation in the number of cancer patients who get hospice rather than intensive care in their final days. Dr. Rebecca Aslakson of Johns Hopkins, which had 18% of cancer patients in the ICU in their final month of life, said the hospital's philosophy is that "care up until the moment a person dies should be reflective of who they are and what they value."

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