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More information needed about experience of dying, report says

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7393.784/d (Published 12 April 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:784
  1. Charles Marwick
  1. Washington, DC

    Too little is known about how patients in the United States experience the final few months of their life and the time around their death, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine in Washington, DC.

    A substantial number of people experience needless suffering and distress at the end of life. This can be due to inappropriate or unwanted care or to the underuse of effective measures, such as relieving pain.

    To fill this gap a new national mortality survey should be undertaken that would make regular periodic surveys on …

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