About two-thirds of more than 2,000 New England Journal of Medicine readers who responded to a poll involving a hypothetical near-death patient disapproved of physician-assisted suicide, including 67% of those from the U.S. AAHPM past president Dr. R. Sean Morrison said the journal should foster discussion of palliative care. "The focus should be on ensuring that people with serious illness and those at the end of life get the best quality palliative care. When high-quality palliative care is provided, people are comfortable, they live longer, they spend time with their families and the worries that drive somebody to say 'I would like assisted death' typically vanish," Morrison said.

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