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Medical News & Perspectives
November 15, 2000

End-of-Life Coalitions Grow to Fill Needs

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JAMA. 2000;284(19):2442-2444. doi:10.1001/jama.284.19.2442-JMN1115-3-1

Death and taxes are two of life's certainties that affect everyone. Societies develop codes to gain some control over taxes, but controls over the way people die have been slow in coming—until now, that is, because there are signs that this is changing rapidly throughout the United States.

Nationally, one prominent sign is a burgeoning number of newly created organizations dedicated to end-of-life care issues. During the past 3 years or so, the number of such national organizations has risen from three to 20. The Internet teems with new Web sites, chat rooms, and e-groups that carry discussions, announcements, and resources concerning all interests in end-of-life issues.