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Dying in America: A Constructive Step Forward and an Opportunity to Deepen Partnerships With Patients and FamiliesDying in America

Debra L. Ness, MS; and Beverley H. Johnson, BSN
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This article was published online first at www.annals.org on 9 December 2014.


From the National Partnership for Women & Families, Washington, DC, and the Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care, Bethesda, Maryland.

Acknowledgment: The authors thank Deborah Dokken, a family leader and consultant, for her assistance in developing this article. Ms. Dokken was the Associate Director for the Initiative for Pediatric Palliative Care for 10 years and testified for and reviewed the IOM report “When Children Die: Improving Palliative and End-of-Life Care for Children and Their Families.”

Disclosures: Authors have disclosed no conflicts of interest. Forms can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M14-2537.

Requests for Single Reprints: Debra L. Ness, MS, National Partnership for Women & Families, 1875 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 650, Washington, DC 20009; e-mail, dness@nationalpartnership.org.

Current Author Addresses:Ms. Ness: National Partnership for Women & Families, 1875 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 650, Washington, DC 20009.

Ms. Johnson: Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care, 6917 Arlington Road, Suite 309, Bethesda, MD 20814.

Author Contributions:Conception and design: D.L. Ness, B.H. Johnson.

Analysis and interpretation of the data: D.L. Ness, B.H. Johnson.

Drafting of the article: D.L. Ness, B.H. Johnson.

Critical revision of the article for important intellectual content: D.L. Ness, B.H. Johnson.

Final approval of the article: D.L. Ness, B.H. Johnson.


Ann Intern Med. 2015;162(3):226-227. doi:10.7326/M14-2537
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This commentary discusses the recent report from the Institute of Medicine Committee on Approaching Death, which the authors believe will drive constructive conversations that advance a rational debate that is the essential foundation for better policy and practice.

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