In contrast to the numerous maladies described elsewhere in this textbook, successful care of the dying patient is not measured in terms of convalescence but rather in achievement of a “good death.” While the circumstances of death among the seriously ill in US hospitals are well defined - a high prevalence of pain and frequency of invasive procedures - the characteristics of a “good death” vary between patient, family, and provider [1, 2]. Frequently cited characteristics of a “good death” include control of severe pain, reduction of stress and anxiety, provider compassion, and the perceived knowledge and expertise of the physician . However, patients with terminal conditions often report a sense of abandonment by their primary provider . Increased end-of-life education among family physicians is critical in shifting patient deaths out of the hospital and into the comforts of home in effort to improve end-of-life care .
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Family Medicine|
|Subtitle of host publication||Principles and Practice|
|Publisher||Springer International Publishing|
|Number of pages||8|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2016|
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