Patient-centered care is needed at end of life, researchers say

03/21/2013 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Patient-centered care at the end of life reduces health costs and ensures patients get the type of care they want while reducing distress without negatively affecting survival, University of California, Los Angeles, researchers wrote in JAMA Surgery. Dr. Jonathan Bergman and colleagues said policy changes that emphasize patient-centered care are needed in Medicare and in medical training curricula. "A lot of very aggressive treatments can occur due to inertia. Patients are placed in an intensive care unit with oxygen and feeding tubes, and that’s not always in line with their goals," Bergman.

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