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Palliative Care and the Health Care Crisis in the United States: A Candid Conversation With Dr. Diane Meier

Diane E. Meier

February 2013


This paper is a synthesis of the 2012 Lourie Lecture, framed as a series of questions and responses, and supported by images used in the lecture. The author focuses on the growth of this new field called palliative care and will make the connection that the crisis afflicting healthcare in the United States cannot be addressed without widespread scaling and implementation of palliative care across the system. The author's subject is not end-of-life care, but rather care during serious illness. A serious illness is something a person can live with for many years, such as emphysema, or end-stage renal disease on dialysis, or dementia. Of course, serious illnesses are also progressive and eventually lead to end-of-life, but the authors want to address care for a much broader patient population, not those who are clearly dying and who will qualify for hospice services.

This report is sponsered by The Herbert Lourie Memorial Lecture series, which is jointly sponsored by the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and the Central New York Community Foundation, Inc. and is administered by the Center for Policy Research and The Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion and Population Health.

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