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Book and Media Reviews
January 30, 2008

Improving Care for the End of Life: A Sourcebook for Health Care Managers and Clinicians

JAMA. 2008;299(4):457-462. doi:10.1001/jama.299.4.462

As the authors claim in their preface, “this sourcebook features . . . strategies to improve care, with a focus on those that any manager of any healthcare system can try almost immediately” (p xi). This is not a vain promise but one inherently kept in the pages that follow:

Part I . . . suggests quality improvement methods that every organization can use right now; Part II focuses on changes that patients and families often demand or would benefit from; Part III describes environments that encourage better practice [such as taking heed of caregivers and having in-house palliative care services or units from which consultations can readily be obtained]; and Part IV discusses opportunities for change in caring for patients with specific diseases. (p xii)

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