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The State Of POLST: A Conversation With Pioneer Susan Tolle

BY DANIEL GAITAN | As the POLST paradigm spreads across the nation and gains acceptance among patients and providers, some critics have expressed concern about its effect on end of life care. For millions of seriously ill and aged Americans, advance health care directives alone will not be enough to ensure their end of life care wishes are honored in […]

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New Jersey Residents Aren’t Writing Down End Of Life Wishes

Limited awareness of advance care planning documents, palliative care; more widespread knowledge of hospice, study finds BY DANIEL GAITAN | Although New Jersey residents say they are comfortable with growing older and talking about their mortality, most have not put their end of life care wishes in writing. More than 60 percent of New Jersey adults have no […]

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Overcoming Barriers To Advance Care Planning Among African-Americans

BY DANIEL GAITAN | African-Americans receive worse end of life care and are far less likely to participate in advance care planning than whites. Unfortunately, clinicians and researchers often fail to recognize the numerous, interconnected factors influencing advance care planning among African-Americans, according to Dr. Justin Sanders, an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School. Sanders […]

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