Improving palliative care.

  title={Improving palliative care.},
  author={Diane E. Meier and Rolfe Sean Morrison and Christine K. Cassel},
  journal={Annals of internal medicine},
  volume={127 3},
Although most deaths in the United States occur in hospitals, data suggest that hospitals and physicians are not equipped to handle the medical and psychosocial problems of dying patients. In this article, we review the barriers to achieving a peaceful death, including inadequate medical professional education on palliative care, and public and professional uncertainty about the difference between foregoing life-sustaining treatment and active euthanasia, and health professionals' difficulty… CONTINUE READING