Add care for the dying to your continuum toolbox

Too often, dying patients suffer unwarranted pain, run a high risk for unwanted procedures, and endure unreliable care systems, according to RAND’s Center to Improve Care of the Dying.

Hospice employees who want to provide more support for patients at the end of life will find useful guidance in the book Improving Care for the End of Life: A Sourcebook for Health Care Managers and Clinicians.

The book chronicles the experiences of 47 health care organizations that participated in a collaborative project on improving end-of-life care co-sponsored by the Center to Improve Care of the Dying and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Boston.

The sourcebook shows readers how to apply changes in care patterns to their own practice settings. Ordering information and excerpts from the sourcebook can be found on-line at www.medicaring.org/refer. The sourcebook costs $35, which includes shipping and handling.