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The Care of Dying Patients

Arthur W. Feinberg, MD
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North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, NY 11030 Requests for Reprints: Arthur W. Feinberg, MD, Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation, North Shore University Hospital, 330 Community Drive, Manhasset, NY 11030. Requests for Reprints: Arthur W. Feinberg, MD, Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation, North Shore University Hospital, 330 Community Drive, Manhasset, NY 11030.

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Ann Intern Med. 1997;126(2):164-165. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-126-2-199701150-00013
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In our world of increasingly sophisticated medical technology, there is growing concern that the care of persons facing death is wanting and that many patients are dying in physical and mental anguish. This deficiency in care at the end of life is highlighted in the recent report from SUPPORT (the Study to Understand Prognoses and Preferences for Outcomes and Risks of Treatments) [1], one phase of which is described in this issue [2]. This study was a 5-year project designed to identify and correct problems in the care of patients approaching death. The project was done at five hospitals across the United States and was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in the amount of $28 million.

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