College of Osteopathic Medicine Faculty Articles

Title

The Osteopathic Physician and End of Life Care

ISBN or ISSN

1877-573X

Publication Title

Osteopathic Family Physician

Volume

2

Issue

1

Publication Date / Copyright Date

1-2010

First Page

26

Last Page

28

Publisher

Elsevier Inc.

Abstract

As modern medicine discovers more ways of prolonging life, Americans are indeed living longer, but there is a high price for longevity. In the United States, 41% of people die in hospitals and perhaps as many as 40% of Americans die in pain (though some studies suggest that the number in North America is closer to 50%). Pain often leads to and may contribute to a patient’s suffering, especially in those with terminal illnesses. Is modern medical treatment so aggressive, so bent on saving life, that the quality of living (and dying) is compromised? Can medicine offer patients an alternative?

Disciplines

Medical Specialties | Medicine and Health Sciences | Osteopathic Medicine and Osteopathy

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