This is the end of my year as ACP President, and it has been the honor of a lifetime. ... Patients look to us to help solve the problems of prescription drug costs and opioid dependence, provide access to compassionate and ethical end-of-life care,
QD: News Every Day--End-of-life talks still a sticking point. Less than one-third of patients get the end-of-life care that they expressly asked for, a study ... Agreement between patients' end-of-life care and what was documented in the medical record
What about the incapacitated surrogate?'. What should physicians do when surrogate decision makers lack the willingness or capacity to make choices for a patient's end-of-life care? ... The family fought efforts to remove her from a respirator and wanted
In our story, leading experts detail what to look for and how to optimize care. ... But the issue—and the resulting controversy—affects all physicians, some experts say, because of the larger questions it raises about optimal end-of-life care.
Something I wish I'd learned in medical school: There was not a lot of training in palliative care. ... One of my mentors, Art Schmale, MD, who trained both as an internist and as a psychiatrist and who was a pioneer in both palliative and end-of-life
In some cases subspecialists would lead PCMH-type care if, for example, a patient's health care needs are centered on complex single-organ issues, such as end stage renal disease. ... Improved quality of practice. A thriving primary care workforce can
Over time, fee-for-service could be completely replaced with models that pay based on the value of care provided. ... Patients could be encouraged to do more advance planning on end-of-life care.
Patients at the end of life, facing tough decisions and suffering from many symptoms, particularly need ideal medical care. ... Really, end-of-life care is not yet standardized,” said Stephen Bekanich, MD, a hospitalist and medical director of the
Palliative care is too often confused with end-of-life care and hospice in the minds of the public, professionals and policymakers,” he said. ... Morrison said. Previous efforts to garner public support for palliative care have tried to change
Patients were randomized into one of four groups that differed by name (supportive care vs. ... Further compounding the problem is that palliative care often occurs at the end of life, oncologists may define it as end-of-life care, and hospice care has