5 Action Steps to Improve End-of-Life Care in Your Community

January 25, 2015

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By Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

In a recent interview, Dr. Ira Byock, palliative care physician and author of Dying Well, stated:

This is really the most important issue we face -- this is what it means to be human ... At the moment in which we are holding the torch for civilization, in a sense, we have to say it matters how we care for people at the end-of-life.

If you are concerned at all about your own end-of-life or how your parents and your children will be cared for when they die, you understand the urgency behind Dr. Byock's words. We need to transform the way people die in our country and we need to begin that process now.

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