Contrary to conventional wisdom, it tends to cost money, but it improves quality of life at a very reasonable price

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Vincent Thomas had battled multiple myeloma for quite some time and gone through countless treatments and drug regimens, which weren’t stopping his cancer. He and his family made the decision to go on hospice care. The thing was, his eyesight had failed him

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Kimberly Zieselman: Doctors aren’t listening. I sometimes had a tough time with doctors before I found out — at the age of 41 — that I was intersex and that my true medical history had been hidden from me for decades. Now that it’s out in the open, I still can’t find knowledgeable doctors to help me

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Judith Garber and Shannon Brownlee: While the top-ranked hospitals were patting themselves on the back, we wondered if the magazine’s ranking system actually measures what matters to patients, or for that matter to anybody who is worried about the cost and quality of US health care. So we took a closer look at how U.S. News measures hospital quality and—just as important—what factors its analysis leaves out

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Our Katherine Heinze, Heidi Holtz and Cynda Rushton write, “Palliative care (PC) clinicians are faced with ever-expanding pressures, which can make it difficult to fulfill their duties to self and others and lead to moral distress.”

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“Death with dignity” has meant, for many people, avoiding unwanted medical technology and dying in a hospital. A “natural” death has been the goal. In the past 20 years, physician-assisted suicide has been legalized for terminally ill patients in several states of the US, and recently “medical assistance in dying,” has become legal in Canada. How should we think about what constitutes a good death now?

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Doctors who tend to spend more in treating hospitalized patients do not get better results than those who spend less, a new study has found

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Gerald Chinchar isn’t quite at the end of life, but the end is not far away. The 77-year-old fell twice last year, shattering his hip and femur, and now gets around his San Diego home in a wheelchair. His medications fill a dresser drawer, and congestive heart failure puts him at high risk of emergency room visits and long hospital stays

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