In Search of a Good Death: Observations of Patients, Families, and Providers

  title={In Search of a Good Death: Observations of Patients, Families, and Providers},
  author={Karen E. Steinhauser and Elizabeth C. Clipp and Maya McNeilly and Nicholas A. Christakis and Lauren M. McIntyre and James A. Tulsky},
  journal={Annals of Internal Medicine},
Professional organizations and the public have recently made care of the dying a national priority (1-7). Despite this, however, we remain confused about what constitutes a good death (8). Some patients with terminal illnesses choose to leave the conventional medical setting and receive hospice care in their home, surrounded by family. Others seek experimental chemotherapy in an intensive care unit. In each of these vastly different scenarios, the perception of the quality of death is… 

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