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Massachusetts requires doctors to inform patients about end of life options

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 29 December 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g7817
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts posted regulations on 19 December requiring physicians, nurse practitioners, hospitals, clinics, and long term care facilities to give all patients with serious advancing illness information about the full range of options for their care, including the availability of palliative care and end of life choices.

Earlier attempts to issue such regulations in Massachusetts and elsewhere have prompted accusations of attempted …

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