Most Americans say they want to discuss end-of-life treatment with their doctors. Yet few seriously ill patients ever actually do.
Advance care planning in La Crosse, Wisconsin
In 1991, 15 percent of La Crosse residents had an advance care plan. Local health-care leaders set a goal: increase this to 50 percent.
Physician-ethicist Daniel Sulmasy
"If I walk into the room of a patient dying in faith, hope, and love, I feel I need to take my shoes off. It is that holy."
In the U.S., assisted suicide has mostly been a hard sell. But there are some clear steps to take to improve end-of-life care.
The black church and hospice care
The American hospice movement is thriving. But its growth has tended to neglect African Americans.
A Christian critique
The emphasis on patients' rights and autonomy has been a weak remedy for medicalized death.
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