End-of-Life Choice, Death with Dignity, Palliative Care and Counseling

Tending to the dying in hospitalsby admin


By Jean Kutner, MD, for the Denver Post

By definition, most doctors focus on making people well and keeping them that way. The notion of palliative and end-of-life care can rub against the grain of that life-saving, life-preserving concept.

That helps explain why so many hospitals and educational institutions have only recently embraced the idea of palliative care.

Hospice and Palliative Medicine was recognized as a specialty by the American Board of Medical Specialties in September 2006.

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