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Go Gentle into That Good Night

The Past, Present, and Future of End-of-Life Care

Published May 26, 2015

by Adam E. Singer

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End-of-life care has received increasing attention in recent years as the baby boomers age and health care costs continue to rise. This attention has brought with it remarkable growth in the field and improvement in care, but there remains work to be done in order to more consistently deliver high quality, compassionate, and patient- and family-centered end-of-life care. This dissertation examines the past, present, and future of end-of-life care in order to shed light on the most effective ways to organize and deliver it.

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This document was submitted as a dissertation in May 2015 in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the doctoral degree in public policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. The faculty committee that supervised and approved the dissertation consisted of Karl Lorenz (Chair), Daniella Meeker, and Joan Teno.

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