This cross-sectional study compares patterns of end-of-life care and family-rated quality of care for patients in the Veterans Affairs health system dying with different serious illnesses.
This Viewpoint discusses the need for international cooperation in deciding how professional societies, academic medical centers, medical groups, and health care systems can best integrate physician-assisted death into their practices.
This cohort study of Medicare hospice beneficiaries examines individual characteristics, hospice program, and geographic variation in patient visits by professional staff during the last 2 days of life.
This study examined the shifts in the expression and granting of euthanasia requests between 2007 and 2013 and the reasons that physicians granted or denied these requests.
This review of US statutes and legal cases concerning guardianship of impaired adults seeks to provide multidisciplinary guidance to physicians and guardians about end-of-life treatment decisions.
This study reports that physicians in the Netherlands have more reservations about less common reasons that patients request euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, such as psychological conditions and being tired of living, than the End-of-Life Clinic medical staff.
This qualitative study uses audio recordings of conversations between patients’ surrogate decision makers and health care professionals in the intensive care unit to characterize the frequency of and professional responses to religious or spiritual statements.
This survey study found that whereas physicians in Asian intensive care units often withheld but seldom withdrew life-sustaining treatments at the end of life, attitudes and practice varied widely across countries and regions.
This Special Communication reviews the evidence and describes best practices in conversations about serious illness care goals, concluding that such communication is an intervention that should be systematically integrated into our clinical care structures and processes.
Auriemma and coauthors systematically evaluate the evidence on the stability of end-of-life preferences over time and with changes in health status.
Billings and Bernacki highlight prognostication tools and studies that may point us toward high-value advance directive interventions.