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Study: Terminally ill patients delay talk of hospice

Boston Globe, May 26, 2009

A Harvard Medical School study finds that even many terminally ill patients and their doctors put off conversations about end-of-life choices. The study found that only about half of the 1,517 patients with metastasized lung cancer who were surveyed had discussed hospice care with their physician or healthcare provider within four to seven months of their diagnosis. The vast majority of such patients do not survive two years.