End-of-life (EOL) care refers to the support and medical care given during the time surrounding death. An individual may be living, and dying, with one or more chronic illnesses and require care for days, weeks, and sometimes even months. Personal preference, family, culture, faith, and economics all intersect in this journey.
There are many discrepancies between individual’s wishes and their actual end-of-life care outcomes; the majority of Americans die in institutional settings despite their wishes to die at home. 1 This is just one indicator of the gap between patient’s goals and desires and the current state. This panel examined ways to translate best practices for initiating end-of-life conversations across disparate settings.