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MedlinePlus Page on End of Life Issues

MedlinePlus Page on End of Life Issues – http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/endoflifeissues.html

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What do doctors base their “you may live ____ months” estimates on?
  • If you are an older patient with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), how likely are you to live out a year?
  • What physically happens when someone dies?
  • How does Social Security treat burial funds?


This MedlinePlus Topic page is organized into the following areas:

  • Basics (overviews, latest news)
  • Learn More (coping, specific conditions, related issues)
  • Research (financial issues, clinical trials, research, journal articles)
  • Reference Shelf (Dictionaries/Glossaries, Directories, Organizations, Law and Policy)
  • For You (Children, Patient Handouts)

Useful looking resources include:

  • JAMA Patient Page: Decisions about End-of-Life Care (American Medical Association) – PDF
  • Doctor, How Long Have I Got? (InteliHealth, Harvard Medical School)
  • End of Life Choices – Feeding Tubes and Ventilators (Family Caregiver Alliance)
  • What Happens When Someone Dies? (National Institute on Aging)
  • Culturally Diverse Communities and End-of-Life Care (American Psychological Association) – PDF

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