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Study: Patients should decide what the end of life is like

Los Angeles Times, March 21, 2013
Finding out what dying patients want and treating them accordingly leads to happier patients who are in less pain and who use fewer healthcare dollars, UCLA researchers said Tuesday. "You can improve care while reducing costs by making sure that everything you do is centered on what the patients want, what his or her specific goals are and tailor a treatment plan to ensure we provide the specific care he or she wants," Dr. Jonathan Bergman, a Robert Wood Johnson clinical scholar at UCLA, said in a statement. Bergman and colleagues wrote an article advocating for patient-centered care at the end of life in the journal JAMA Surgery.