Cover: End-of-life Care

End-of-life Care

An Agenda for Policy Improvement

Published in: Clinics in Geriatric Medicine, v. 21, no. 1, Feb. 2005, p. 255-272

Posted on 2005

by Lisa R. Shugarman, Karl Lorenz, Joanne Lynn

Current arrangements for health care in the United States do not adequately address the needs of a growing population that has serious, eventually fatal chronic illness. New programs and policies are necessary to encourage coordination of care; better match services to the needs of patients; better provide education and incentives; and better support formal and informal caregivers. Models of end-of-life care, such as MediCaring, are described along with a research and policy agenda that focuses on modifying the health care system and building on new innovations.

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