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The myth of death panels and not enough patient-centered care

Joanne Kenen of the New America Foundation is one of the few journalists (so far) to write about “The National Survey of Medical Decisions…(and) a series of papers and editorials in the journal Medical Decision Making. It comes at a time when ‘patient-centered care’ is a new buzzword in U.S. medicine; ‘shared decision-making’ and development of more patient decision aids may get a boost from health reform legislation.”

She also recently wrote, “So Much for ‘Death Panels’ – The new health care law aims to expand people’s options in deciding what kind of medical care they get in their final years of life.”

What’s that? No death panels? Expanded options for deciding about care? What kind of journalism is that? The kind we still need a lot more of with rhetoric still raging and truth continuing to take a hit from many angles.

Kudos to Kenen and the New America Foundation for educating readers about all of this shared decision-making news.

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SM Fitzgerald

October 8, 2010 at 3:33 pm

Thank goodness somebody is talking sense on this issue. Reframing palliative and end-of-life care as “death panels” will doubtless cause countless people needless pain. There must be a special place in hell for these fear-mongers.
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