The Project to Educate Physicians on End-of-life Care Supported by the American Medical Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Gaps in End-of-life Care. Plenary 1. Objectives. Describe the current state of dying in America Contrast this with the way people wish to die
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The Project to Educate Physicians on End-of-life CareSupported by the American Medical Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Gaps in End-of-life Care
“Do you feel your doctor is open and able to help you discuss and plan for care in case of life-threatening illness?”
“They said there was ‘nothing to do’ for this young man who was ‘end stage.’ He was restless and short of breath; he couldn’t talk and looked terrified. I didn’t know what to do, so I patted him on the shoulder, said something inane, and left. At 7 am he died. The memory haunts me. I failed to care for him properly because I was ignorant.”