‘Dying in America: Conversations About Care at the End of Life’ Launches on ReachMD, Highlights IOM’s Consensus Report on the Controversies and Complexities of Care

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New ReachMD series is sponsored by the National Academy of Medicine, part of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The series is based on a report of the Institute of Medicine, a division of the Academies, and offers insights from experts on palliative care, advance care planning, communication, teamwork, policy and payment systems, and more.

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It is critical to recognize that the current approach is broken, and there is dissonance between what people say they want at the end of their lives versus what actually happens.

For the millions of Americans who work in or with the healthcare sector – including clinicians, clergy, social workers, caregivers, and support staff – providing high-quality care for people who are nearing the end of life is a matter of professional commitment and responsibility. ReachMD has partnered with the National Academy of Medicine, part of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, to broadcast a new series across the ReachMD network based on the report ‘Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life’. The report is from the Institute of Medicine (IOM), a division of the Academies.

“We found that the U.S. healthcare system is poorly designed to meet the needs and desires of patients near the end of life,” said David M. Walker, co-chair of the IOM committee that authored the report and Former U.S. Comptroller General from Bridgeport, CT. “As a result, patients and families suffer, quality is diminished, and costs are increased.”

Phillip A. Pizzo, M.D., who co-chaired the IOM committee with Walker and is Former Dean of the School of Medicine, Stanford University in California, added, “It is critical to recognize that the current approach is broken, and there is dissonance between what people say they want at the end of their lives versus what actually happens.”

Both Walker and Pizzo are featured in an introduction on ReachMD that highlights the four interviews comprising the series. “This report has already had significant impact in its overarching objective to open up a dialogue about this important topic, and we are pleased to partner with ReachMD to share that knowledge among healthcare professionals,” said Walker.

The four topics in the series include:

1.    Palliative Care, featuring Dr. James A. Tulsky
2.    Interdisciplinary Teamwork, featuring Dr. Jean S. Kutner
3.    Advance Care Planning and Communication, featuring Dr. Patricia Bomba
4.    Payments and Policy, featuring Mr. Leonard D. Schaeffer

The ‘Dying in America’ podcast series on ReachMD can be found across the ReachMD distribution network, which includes ReachMD, iHeartRadio, Tunein, iTunes, and Stitcher.

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About the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
The National Academy of Medicine is an independent organization of eminent professionals from diverse fields including health and medicine; the natural, social, and behavioral sciences; and beyond. It serves alongside the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering as private, nonprofit institutions that provide independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions related to science, technology, and medicine. They operate under an 1863 congressional charter to the National Academy of Sciences, signed by President Lincoln. For more information, visit http://national-academies.org.

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