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Comment & Response
February 2019

Ambiguities in Comfort Care Discussions

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia
JAMA Intern Med. 2019;179(2):273-274. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2018.7489

To the Editor We read with great interest the recent Perspective by Kelemen and colleages1 that revealed the pervasive ambiguity in the concept of comfort care. As the authors noted, comfort care is an important aspect of medical care, and we would like to laud the authors for bringing this difficult subject to light.

The concept of comfort can be different for many individuals, depending on their backgrounds, desires, and even family dynamics. As the authors noted, there is concern with labeling patients with “comfort care” because this may unintentionally lead to nonindividualized care plans.1

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