Byock says U.S. health system provides "brink of death" care

11/6/2012 | Gleaner (Henderson, Ky.), The

The U.S. health system provides "brink-of-death" care rather than end-of-life care, and that has to change, Dr. Ira Byock, director of palliative care at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire, told an audience in Kentucky. He said patients enter hospice too late, even though it improves quality of life and helps people live longer. He says advance directives are one way to help families who may struggle with decisions about a loved one's care.

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