Compassion & Choices improves care, expands options and empowers everyone to chart their end-of-life journey. We envision a society that affirms life and accepts the inevitability of death, embraces expanded options for compassionate dying, and empowers everyone to choose end-of-life care that reflects their values, priorities, and beliefs.
Across the nation, we work to ensure that healthcare providers honor and enable patients’ decisions about their care. To make this vision a reality, Compassion & Choices works nationwide in communities, state legislatures, Congress, courts and medical settings to:
- Educate the public about the importance of documenting end-of-life values and priorities and about the full range of available options.
- Empower every individual with achievable options, authoritative information and constructive advice for guiding their care and engaging with their providers.
- Advocate for expanded choices, secure and ready access to them and improved medical practice that puts patients first and values quality of life in treatment plans for terminal illness.
- Defend existing end-of-life options from efforts to restrict access.
It’s our belief — and our experience since 1980 — that the path to change starts with the individual, which is why patient-centered care stands at the core of all we do. Learn more about the Seven Principles of Patient-Centered Care.