End-of-life care: challenges and opportunities for health care professionals. Article

cited authors

  • Sherman, DW

fiu authors

abstract

  • The failings of the American Health Care System in meeting the comprehensive needs of the seriously and terminally ill have led to both professional and public efforts to improve end-of-life care. Following a discussion of the shortcomings of end-of-life in America, this article describes the goals and philosophy of palliative care, while highlighting current innovative programs in end-of-life needs and insure quality of life for patients and families experiencing incurable, progressive illness. Health care professionals are called to respond to the challenges and opportunities of end-of-life care as individual health care providers, as members of professions, and as members of interdisciplinary teams committed to improving the care of the dying in America.

publication date

  • January 1, 1999

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

start page

  • 109

end page

  • 121

volume

  • 14

issue

  • 3-4