Palliative and End-of-life Care: Where Are We Now?

Posted on 05/17/2013

American Journal of Nursing: In 1997 the Committee on Care at the End of Life at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued a report, Approaching Death: Improving Care at the End of Life. Everyone is entitled to a “decent or good death,” the committee wrote, one without avoidable suffering, a death that’s in line with patients’ and families’ values and “reasonably consistent with clinical, cultural, and ethical standards.” Now, 16 years later, a new IOM committee with a new name has been convened. The Committee on Transforming End-of-Life Care held its first meeting in February; it will take input from professionals and the public and issue a new report within 18 months.

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