It’s a time that can be emotionally and financially draining. Those who’ve studied the matter say that informed choice can make a difference.
Every year, billions of dollars are spent in the United States to treat terminally ill patients during their final year of life. Tests, procedures and hospitalizations do little to prolong or improve the quality of that life, research suggests, and in fact may make the final days of terminal illness more emotionally upsetting for patients and their families.
Read more of my article, “Choices at End of Life” at the Los Angeles Times.