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Pastoral Thanatology Program Article on End of Life Care and Quality of Life

Good article about the importance of end of life care as not only a service but an important ingredient for better life.  Qualify of life includes dignity in dying and end of life care can help others die with respect, comfort and the necessary care

End of life care should be a right for everyone.  Please review our Pastoral Thanatology program

End of life care should be a right for everyone. Please review our Pastoral Thanatology program

Please also review our Pastoral Thanatology Program

The article ,Palliative Care is Vital for Improved Quality of Life, by Barbara Jones states,

“In a recent CNN debate about health care, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz claimed people confronted with life-threatening diseases who receive palliative care services were “essentially doped up with some drugs” and told “well, now is your time to go.”

We find these statements absurdly misrepresentative of the goals of palliative care.

If Cruz has his way, caring for people with life-threatening illness or at the end of life may become much more difficult. Cruz’s comments seem to reflect a basic ignorance of medical ethics and evidence-based outcomes. His insistence that unrestrained access to high-cost medical interventions is somehow equated to “better health care” is simply unsupported with regard to outcomes. Just because we can do everything does not mean that we should do everything—and in the medically fragile population, these heroic interventions can cause more suffering with no clear long-term benefit.

Unlike Cruz’s suggestion, palliative care is an interdisciplinary medical specialty focused on supporting patients and families through serious, life-threatening illnesses. Palliative care helps patients live as well as they can for as long as they can. The focus is not on death, but on life. In fact, a study in 2010 found that early palliative care not only improved quality of life but also extended length of life.”

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