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End of Life Counseling?
The angry response to provisions for end-of-life counseling in the U.S. House bill to reform health care has been most unfortunate. Professionals who deal closely with terminally ill patients understand all too well the relief such counseling offers patients and their families when they receive accurate information regarding options for care and are given the opportunity to decide what they would like done should their condition, say, falling into a coma, prevent them from making their own decisions. What do y'all think about this take on end of life talks? Do we nurses have a place in this type of discussion? Have you ever been asked by a terminal patient about their options?