Community Discussions: A Vision for Cutting the Costs Of End-of-Life Care

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARYPalliative care involvement with patients with advanced disease has demonstrated significant cost savings at end of life (EOL).These financial benefits are largely due to improved EOL decision making.Assisting patients and families to examine their values and determine their preferences makes it possible to match patient goals with appropriate care.Often, comfort-oriented care is favored, avoiding the costs of medically aggressive, often futile, technology-driven interventions.Community-based EOL care discussions would demonstrate increased cost reductions while facilitating significant patient and family satisfaction with care.

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