Policy Issues in End-of-Life Care

Virginia Tilden, Sarah Thompson

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Abstract

The purpose of this policy brief is to bring attention to the urgent systems-level matters that impede progress in improving end-of-life care in the United States. Despite advances in care of the dying over the last 20 years, many recalcitrant system-level barriers prevent high-quality end-of-life care that is consistent with clinical and ethical standards and reasonably adheres to patient and family wishes for care and compassion. A major barrier is the orientation of health care toward rescue medicine despite the fact that most deaths today result from long-standing chronic disease. Recommendations for policy changes are suggested, and nursing's role in advocating for policy change is explored.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)363-368
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Professional Nursing
Volume25
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2009
Externally publishedYes

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Terminal Care
Nursing
Chronic Disease
Quality of Life
Medicine
Delivery of Health Care

Keywords

  • End-of-life
  • Palliative care
  • Policy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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Policy Issues in End-of-Life Care. / Tilden, Virginia; Thompson, Sarah.

In: Journal of Professional Nursing, Vol. 25, No. 6, 11.2009, p. 363-368.

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Tilden, Virginia ; Thompson, Sarah. / Policy Issues in End-of-Life Care. In: Journal of Professional Nursing. 2009 ; Vol. 25, No. 6. pp. 363-368.
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