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July 17, 2018

The Status of End-of-Life Care in the United States: The Glass Is Half Full

Author Affiliations
  • 1Perelman School of Medicine, Medical Ethics and Health Policy, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
JAMA. 2018;320(3):239-241. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.10062

Almost everyone has a story about end-of-life care gone bad. The available data reveal many reasons for frustration with how care for dying patients is currently delivered. But rather than see the glass as half empty, the historical perspective offered by Teno and colleagues1 in this issue of JAMA is a reminder of how far the US health care system has come on end-of-life care. This study suggests 4 important messages about the status of end-of-life care.