Thoughts on Improving Palliative Care

In a recent opinion piece for the New York Times, Ezekiel Emanuel provides four suggestions for improving palliative care in the United States.  He suggests that:

1) All doctors and nurses be trained in how to discuss end-of-life care with patients and their families.
2) Physicians be paid a one-time fee to talk with patients about their preferences for palliative care.
3) All hospitals be required to have palliative care services available both on-site and at the homes of dying patients who have been discharged.
4) Eligibility for hospice care should be revised.

Click here to read Dr. Emanuel's piece.
Click here to learn about an INQRI project regarding nursing's contributions to palliative care.
We were honored that Dr. Emanuel served as the keynote speaker for the 2012 INQRI National Conference.  Click here to learn more about that event.