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ON YOUR BEHALF: Home Hospice Programs 
Are Getting Stronger

By Connie Ford, RN, MPA
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    Providing access to any therapy, which may realistically be expected to improve the patient's quality of life, including alternative or non-traditional treatments

    Providing access to palliative care and hospice care

    Respecting the patientís right to refuse treatment

    Respecting the physician's professional responsibility to discontinue some treatments, when appropriate, with consideration for both patient and family preferences

    Promote clinical and evidence-based research on providing care at the end of life 

Your physician and/or the physician treating your loved one may not yet be familiar with these principles. Often doctors learn new information from patients and caregivers. There is no time like the present to share this information.
Another initiative is a major four part public television series from Bill Moyers, On Our Own Terms: Moyers on Dying in America. The first hour-long segment airs September 10. Accompanying the series is a national outreach effort to educate the public about end of life care. Improving care and caring during the final life passage is an aspect of this life event that society can impact.

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