This Viewpoint from the National Academy of Medicine's 2016 Vital Directions initiative recommends ways to improve the health and health care of older persons, including development of new care delivery models for people with chronic conditions and strengthening of the elder care workforce.
This Viewpoint discusses the characteristics of palliative care and population health and describes how synergies between these disciplines might improve quality of care, especially for older persons with life-limiting illnesses.
This cohort study uses international claims and registry data to describe site of death, health care utilization, and hospital expenditures in the 180-day and 30-day periods before death among elderly patients with cancer in 7 developed countries.
This study uses Medicare death records to compare the intensity of end-of-life care received by physicians, lawyers, and the general US population.
This study assesses associations between measures of aggressive end-of-life care and bereaved family members’ perceptions of the quality of care in Medicare beneficiaries who died of lung or colorectal cancer between 2003 and 2011.
This Viewpoint examines arguments for and against intensive care for patients at the end of life and proposes strategies to ensure the delivery of appropriate and optimal patient-centered care.
This Viewpoint describes efforts in Canada to explore the complexities of physician-assisted death after a 2015 Canadian Supreme Court ruling against its prohibition.
This Viewpoint discusses the debate over physician-assisted dying and the current turning point in public opinion regarding its support.
This prospective study uses US Census Bureau surveys matched to the National Death Index to compare the location of death for physicians with that of other health professionals, non–health care professionals with similar education levels, and the general population aged 30 to 98 years who died between 1979 and 2011.
This Medical News & Perspectives article discusses the challenges of end-of-life care and how innovations in health care delivery can change the decision-making and care process.