Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Huge Gap Between Thinking, Doing in End-of-Life Care | Home Health Care News

"When it comes to end-of-life discussions, there tends to be a major disparity between thought and action. In Massachusetts, for example, 85% of residents believe that patients and their doctors should discuss end-of-life care—but only 15% of them have actually had these conversations. The figure doesn’t rise much for people who have serious illnesses—only about a quarter of those Massachusetts residents have talked to their doctor about end-of-life care.

That’s according to a survey from the newly established Massachusetts Coalition for Serious Illness Care, a group of 58 health care organizations brought together by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and other end-of-life-care experts...Of the survey respondents who had a loved one die in the past year, one-third said that person’s patient preferences were not carried out completely. One-fifth of those respondents, meanwhile, described the end-of-life care that their loved one received as only fair or poor."

Huge Gap Between Thinking, Doing in End-of-Life Care | Home Health Care News

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