Wednesday, January 20, 2016

JAMA Issue Dedicated to End-of-Life Issues This Week

by Christian Sinclair

This week's JAMA is focused on end-of-life care with topics ranging from hospice, ICU, POLST, how doctors die, physician-assisted death and more. Our plan is to take some time and review this issue and bring you analysis from your fellow clinicians. If anyone is interested in helping write a review of any part of this issue, please contact editor@pallimed.org with the article you would like to focus on.

We start with an analysis of the two research letters that look into the anecdotal claims that doctors choose different goals at the end-of-life and therefore die differently than the general population. Popularized by a 2011 essay "How Doctors Die" by Dr. Ken Murray, and shared widely on social media, it is good to see research to match with the stories we may hear.

Keep an eye on this space in the next several days as we post more pieces.


Christian Sinclair, MD, FAAHPM is editor of Pallimed and president-elect for the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He sees patients at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, KS.

Image credit: JAMA Cover for Jan 19, 2016

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