An Introduction to the Dying in America Report
December 23, 2015•5 min
Guest: David M. Walker
Guest: Phillip A. Pizzo, M.D.
For patients and their loved ones, no care decisions are more profound than those made near the end of life. For the millions of Americans who work in or with the health care sector, providing high-quality care for people who are nearing the end of life is a matter of professional commitment and responsibility. Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life, a consensus report from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, finds that improving the quality and availability of medical and social services for patients and their families could not only enhance quality of life through the end of life, but may also contribute to a care system where frequent 911 calls, ER visits, and unnecessary urgent hospitalizations are reduced. Philip Pizzo and Dave Walker, co-chairs of the committee that wrote Dying in America, discuss important