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Comment & Response
August 2016

Caregiver Perspectives on End-of-Life Experiences of Patients With Left Ventricular Assist Devices

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Public Policy, Human Genome Center, The Institute of Medical Science, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Jichi Medical University, Saitama Medical Center, Saitama, Japan
JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(8):1231. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.3726

To the Editor In an article published in a recent issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, McIlvennan et al1 found that the bereaved caregivers of patients with left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) reported feelings of confusion and abandonment. How to support patients with LVADs and their caregivers in end-of-life issues in an era of increasing destination therapy (DT) is a crucial issue.

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