End-of-life plans benefit patients and families

Lead researcher Dr Susan Lee, from the Palliative Care Research Team at Monash University, said most patients involved in the study did not discuss plans for end-of-life care until the last 24 hours, affecting their quality of care at the end of their lives. “In 64 per cent of people, the first discussions about EOL care did not occur until the last 24 hours of life. There were some patients who had a clear plan developed with patient/family involvement, which was fully implemented. However, many others had no plan and minimal patient/ family involvement in decision-making,” Dr Lee said.

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About The Rev. Thomas C. Jackson

Ordained to the priesthood in December, 2010.
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