New US report calls for quality end of life care to be a national priority

Categories: Policy.

In the report, ‘Dying in America: improving quality and honouring individual preferences near the end of life’, a committee of experts argue that improving the quality and availability of medical and social services for patients and their families could not only enhance quality of life through to the end of life, but may also contribute to a more sustainable care system.

The report provides a comprehensive assessment of the knowledge gaps, structural problems and financial disincentives that hamper delivery of optimal care and make cross-sectoral recommendations to achieve compassionate, affordable, sustainable and effective care for all Americans.

A longer version of this article has been published on the USA edition of ehospice and the report can be downloaded from the Institute of Medicine website.