Physicians and other clinicians must do a better job of caring for patients with advanced illness who are approaching death, according to a recent report from a 21-member expert panel convened by the Institute of Medicine (IOM).
Clinicians should pay more attention to these patients’ social, emotional, and spiritual needs by collaborating closely with nurses, social workers, psychologists, pharmacists, and chaplains, the panel recommended. Death “is not a strictly medical event” and many patients’ and families’ most pressing needs “are not medical” in nature, the panel members wrote (http://bit.ly/1p1AGDQ).
Graham J. IOM Report Calls for Transformation of End-of-Life Care. JAMA. 2014;312(18):1845-1847. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.13254