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A majority of Americans say it’s important to write down their medical wishes in case of serious illness, but only a third have done so.
U.S. hospice agencies promise to be available around-the-clock to help patients dying in their homes. But a Kaiser Health News investigation shows that in an alarming number of cases, that promise is broken.
Una paciente con cáncer de seno terminal asegura que los comerciales solo promueven curas milagrosas y pacientes felices. La realidad es distinta, asegura.
Advertising for hospitals, unlike pharmaceutical companies, doesn’t have to be backed up by data or facts. Cheerful messages of hope can feel like a slap in the face to a dying patient.
Tiny Washington state hospice accepts no federal funds, relies on community volunteers and donations to serve the dying.
Nora Harris, 64, who had early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, raised questions about the power — and limits — of an advance directive to withdraw care.
A new link creates two-way access to the state registry that documents the type of medical care sick and frail patients want — or refuse.
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Hospice care often prompts fear and misunderstanding, but the services provided can lead to less pain and trauma at the end of life.
Oregon court says Alzheimer’s patient Nora Harris must be spoon-fed. But her husband says she never wanted to live like this.
This is the first federal website designed to help families choose a hospice, but experts aren’t impressed.
En 2016, el Medicare comenzó a pagar por las sesiones en las que pacientes, médicos y familiares discuten sobre las decisiones a tomar cuando se acerca el final de la vida.
In the first year of payments for advance-care planning sessions, once decried as ”death panels,“ use is higher than expected, new data show.
Aunque se han promovido directrices anticipadas durante casi 50 años, sólo un tercio de los adultos estadounidenses las prepara, revela un estudio reciente.
Only about a third of U.S. adults have advance directives in place to guide the care they receive in the event that they are unable to make their own decisions about life-sustaining medical treatments.
An end-of life-planning website can encourage patients to tackle that difficult topic before they become too ill to communicate, according to a new study. But they may be more likely to make concrete plans with help from a doctor or social worker.
Al igual que los primeros humanos utilizaron herramientas primitivas para tallar retratos de sus vidas en las paredes de las cuevas, la tecnología actual puede ayudar a preservar la memoria.
From slick videos to digital “time capsules,” folks have new ways to “stay alive” long after they die.
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At least 500 terminally ill Californians have asked for the medicine that allows them to end their lives, and nearly 500 health organizations have signed on to help.