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Comment & Response
July 2016

A Perspective on Hospice Reform and Additional Caregiver Support—Reply

Author Affiliations
  • 1Gerontology and Geriatrics, University of Washington, Seattle
  • 2Abt Associates, US Health Division, St Louis, Missouri
JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(7):1033. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.2745

In Reply High-quality hospice and palliative care supports both dying patients and those who care for them.1 A key component of this care is understanding the needs and expectations of dying patients and their families. The story of Mrss Conway Church and Conway McCoin’s sister’s death attests to the importance of skilled visits by professional hospice staff in the last days of life, even when the family is made up of health care professionals.

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