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February 14, 2011

Resource Use in the Last 6 Months of LifeWhat Does It Mean for Patients?

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Copyright 2011 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2011

Arch Intern Med. 2011;171(3):194-195. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2010.360

Everything that the human race has done and thought is concerned with the satisfaction of deeply felt needs and the assuagement of pain.—Albert Einstein1

Countries around the world expend substantial resources to relieve the suffering caused by the burden of disease. Three articles published Online First in the Archives examine health care at the end of life. Two articles report on health care use and costs of care for older patients with heart failure in the last 6 months of life. One study was performed in the United States and the other in Canada, 2 countries that have markedly different health care systems. The third article examines the use of hospice in men with prostate cancer in the United States.