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Focus more on patient wishes with end-of-life care: study
Modern Healthcare

Hospitals and physicians could improve their treatment of chronically ill Medicare patients near the end of their life by focusing more on patients’ wishes and needs, concluded the authors of a new study for the Dartmouth Atlas Project.

Researchers for Dartmouth studied Medicare data for patients in the last six months of their lives and found that results vary significantly within regions and among academic medical centers, indicating that care is not being applied in a uniform way and some providers are doing a better job than others.