Geographic database sheds light on end-of-life care

The influential Dartmouth Atlas Project's findings about end-of-life care reflect that patients' preferences are being taken into account, a researcher says. "We're seeing progress. Physicians are catching up with what patients want," said Dr. David C. Goodman, a co-principal investigator for the project. The national database details geographic variance in care. For example, Medicare patients are more likely to die in hospitals in New York City and less likely to do so in Dubuque, Iowa, and Cincinnati. Read the Dartmouth report.

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