Caring for the Actively Dying

Maria Dans, Amy Sheldahl

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Dying patients are frequently hospitalized toward the end of their lives, and cared for by hospitalist physicians. Identifying patients who are actively dying and providing appropriate end-of-life care can be challenging in the acute care setting. This article reviews communication and symptom management issues and suggests ways to address them in order to improve end-of-life care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)441-455
Number of pages15
JournalHospital Medicine Clinics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015


  • Communication
  • Death and dying
  • End-of-life issues
  • Hospice
  • Palliative care
  • Symptom management


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