Approaching death improving care at the end of life committee on care at the end of life division of health care services institute of medicine marilyn j field and christine k cassel editors p cm includes bibliographical references p and index. Approaching death improving care at the end of life institute of medicine us committee on care at the end of life field mj cassel ck editors approaching death reflects a wide ranging effort to understand what we know about care at the end of life what we have yet to learn and what we know but do not adequately apply . Approaching death improving care at the end of life 81 improve the practices and policies under their control to these ends this report stresses of the following principles applies exclusively to care at the end of life care for those approaching death is an integral and important part of health care. When the end of life makes its inevitable appearance people should be able to expect reliable humane and effective caregiving yet too many dying people suffer unnecessarily while an overtreated dying is feared untreated pain or emotional abandonment are equally frightening approaching death . This book informs readers about what we currently know about end of life care what we do not yet know and what we can start doing to improve end of life care this book also a profile of when where and how americans die
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