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The daily practice of emergency medicine involves life and death decisions. While training in emergency medicine focuses on life-saving procedures and medications, dying patients often seek care in the ED for symptom relief, psychosocial support, or a variety of other reasons. Education, experience, communication, and compassion can improve the emergency physician’s ability to deliver medical care near the end of life that will serve to relieve suffering, improve communication of the patient’s preferences and goals of medical treatment, and improve overall care of the patient and family.

Emergency Medicine Specialty Reports: End-of-Life Care in Emergency Medicine