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  • Case Study – Barney Says No

    With no family, Barney, her longtime friend, has been her unofficial substitute decision maker. Should her treatment plan be moved to comfort care only? Who gets to decide?

  • Case Study – Baby K

    Do physicians have an obligation to treat in a situation in which they believe treatment is utterly pointless?

  • Case Study – Angela C – Maternal Fetal Issues

    Treatment wishes – is the response different because of pregnancy?

  • Case Study – Alice’s Frail Mother

    Do DNR orders matter?

  • Case Study – A Family Divided

    A forty-five-year-old man with a three-year history of cardiovascular disease has entered the hospital with a stroke that has paralyzed his right side and caused him to aspirate food of any consistency. His mental status is clouded and there is disagreement as to whether he has decisional capacity.

  • Terri Schiavo — Five Years Later

    Reflections on the Terri Schiavo case.

  • The Affordable Care Act and Brain Injuries

    Brain injured patients don’t follow a schedule for recovery.

  • The Best Care Possible

    The way Americans die in this country is a national disgrace, according to Dr. Ira Byock in his new book, The Best Care Possible: A Physician’s Quest to Transform Care through the End of Life.

  • The Cruzan Family 20 Years Later

    Twenty years after Nancy Cruzan died following years of litigation and public strife over the right to withdraw life-sustaining treatment, Nancy’s sister Chris Cruzan White and her two daughters, Angie Broaddus and Miranda Lewis, look back and at what lay ahead.

  • The End of Life Scare

    Health reform must address improving end-of-life care.