Courtesy of Opinionator |11.18.2015 | VJ Periyakoil
The End features essays by people who work in fields dealing with death and dying, like medicine, ethics and religion, as well as personal essays by those who have experienced the death of a loved one.
Participants in a Stanford University project write guides for family members concerning end-of-life decisions.
Of the many factors that affect the experience of dying, the one that patients and families often have the greatest control over is making decisions that are in the patient’s best interest. I recently participated in research on barriers to quality end-of-life care as part of a study released today in the Journal of Palliative Medicine. Some of the hurdles we identified, such as financial limitations or access to top doctors, may require societal change. But I am focusing here on the personal part of the puzzle that all patients, whatever their socioeconomic status…
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