Anthony L. Back, MD; Robert M. Arnold, MD; Timothy E. Quill, MD
Acknowledgments: The authors thank Dr. Susan Block for her helpful suggestions about the role of ambivalence.
Grant Support: Drs. Back and Arnold are Faculty Scholars of the Project on Death in America. Dr. Arnold was also supported by the Greenwall Foundation, Ladies Hospital Aid Society of Western Pennsylvania, and the LAS Trust Foundation.
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Current Author Addresses: Dr. Back: Veterans Administration Puget Sound Health Care System, 1660 South Columbian Way S111, Seattle, WA 98108.
Dr. Arnold: Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics, MUH 200 Lothrop Street 932, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.
Dr. Quill: Palliative Care Program, University of Rochester School of Medicine, Box 601, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14642.
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Back AL, Arnold RM, Quill TE. Hope for the Best, and Prepare for the Worst. Ann Intern Med. 2003;138:439-443. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-138-5-200303040-00028
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2003;138(5):439-443.
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