Deborah A. Morris

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BACKGROUND End-of-life care is deemed to be poor in the United States - particularly in large teaching hospitals. Via a brief survey, we examined satisfaction with end-of-life care for those patients who died in our academic medical center from provider and family perspectives. METHODS To assess the correlation between overall satisfaction between(More)
OBJECTIVES To describe the CARES program, a model of palliative care for nursing home residents. DESIGN Descriptive analysis of the Caring About Residents' Experiences and Symptoms (CARES) Program that provides palliative care services to nursing home residents. PROGRAM EVALUATION The CARES Program serves as an example of collaborative efforts to meet(More)
BACKGROUND While many patients hope to die at home, many die in hospitals. Patients die with unrecognized and untreated symptoms including dyspnea. OBJECTIVE We sought to determine prevalence of dyspnea at end of life in patients dying in acute hospital care and examine treatment patterns. DESIGN/PARTICIPANTS A retrospective chart review of deaths at(More)
Provider communication courses and guidelines stress the use of open-ended questions, such as “what is your understanding of your illness?,” to explore patients’ perceptions of their illness severity, yet descriptions of patients’ responses are largely absent from the current literature. These questions are most often used by clinicians as they deliver bad(More)
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