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Hastings Center calls on health care professionals and organizations to meet standards for good care near the end of life
Date:5/7/2013

as from the disability community and patient advocates. Two important new features include guidance on making decisions for seriously ill or dying children and a discussion of the views of people with disabilities who face decisions about life-sustaining treatment.

"This new resource comes at a time of many challenges in our health care system," says Mildred Z. Solomon, president of The Hastings Center and a member of the Guidelines project working group. "As the population ages, more people are living with chronic diseases. Advances in medicine have created both benefits and burdens, including problems of quality, safety, access, and cost. We need to help patients and families better navigate their choices, and physicians and health care leaders must build systems of care that are wiser and more compassionate. Guidelines helps meet these challenges."

The authors of the new Guidelines are Nancy Berlinger, a research scholar at The Hastings Center who directed the Hastings Center project that produced the new publication; Bruce Jennings, a Hastings Center Fellow, director of bioethics at the Center for Humans and Nature, and a co-author of the first edition of Guidelines; and Susan M. Wolf, also a Hastings Center Fellow, who is McKnight Presidential Professor of Law, Medicine & Public Policy at the University of Minnesota and who directed the first Guidelines project and was principal author of the first edition.

"We wrote the new Guidelines for every health care professional responsible for the care of a patient facing decisions about life-sustaining treatment or approaching the end of life," says Berlinger. "The book is designed for practical use in hospitals, nursing homes, community health settings, or anywhere that professionals, patients, and loved ones need to discuss a pati
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