Friday, January 28, 2011

Words Matter: How EOL Rhetoric Undermines Good Palliative Care

Robert Martensen, MD
Bioethics Forum -- The Hastings Center
January 21, 2011

“EOL” is being translated on the ground to “near death.” Treating physicians request palliative care consults near the time of discharge, not at admission, and hospice referrals follow the palliative consults closely in time. Counter to what the program’s sponsors anticipated, palliative care in their hospital tends to function as “hospice lite.”

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