76% of patients neglect end-of-life care planning

76% of patients neglect end-of-life care planning

By KEVIN B. O’REILLY, amednews staff. Posted Feb. 27, 2012.

More than 80% of patients believe it is important to have their end-of-life wishes in writing, yet less than a quarter of them have accomplished that planning, said a survey of nearly 1,700 California adults released in February.

“With end-of-life treatment, there is a clear gap between wishes and actions,” said Mark D. Smith, MD, president and CEO of the California HealthCare Foundation, which commissioned the survey. “People consistently stress they want to die comfortably and without pain. If so, the single most important thing they can do is talk to their loved ones and physicians, and put their wishes in writing, something most Californians aren’t doing.”

Read more at AmedNews.com

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