Coalition Report Focuses on Care at the End of Life - National Coalition on Health Care

Author: Rosemarie Sweeney, Toni Lapp
Date: Nov 15, 2000

A new report from the National Coalition on Health Care released on October 12 emphasizes that the quality of care provided to dying patients can be improved dramatically. The coalition report notes that many Americans who die of terminal illness suffer pain and other distress that could be relieved through existing knowledge, programs and therapies. Nine institutions and organizations are profiled in the report as examples of what has been done in the health care system to provide quality care to dying patients. These best practices can, and should, be replicated throughout the country so that similar programs are available to all dying patients, according to Donald M. Berwick, M.D., M.P.P., president and chief executive officer of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. The report is available by calling 202-638-7151 and will be posted on the coalition's Web site at

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