IOM report “Dying in America”
September 18, 2014 2 Comments
The Institute of Medicine yesterday released its report “Dying in America: Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life.” It is a 500 page report with lots of interesting and relevant information, and it suggests many avenues for improvement. One key theme that comes through is the call for a focus on individual preferences near the end of life. The study that we recently published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology is directly relevant to this conversation.
This report is plainly, and comprehensively written, and I think its publication signals the end of our long, national stupid that began when a proposal in the ACA to pay for advanced care planning was termed “death panels.”