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By National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life Studies, Institute of Medicine, National Cancer Policy Board, Helen Gelband, Thomas J. Smith, Kathleen M. Foley, June R. Lunney

ISBN-10: 0309087252

ISBN-13: 9780309087254

ISBN-10: 0309507529

ISBN-13: 9780309507523

Nationwide bills for treatment within the months and days previous dying are huge, immense. yet we don't understand even if that money is procuring high quality care or optimizing the standard of lifetime of these demise, or no matter if the placement is recuperating or worse over the years. the data that exists “describing dying” at a countrywide point – notwithstanding a few of it's very informative – is fragmentary. This record recommends how one can fill the data gaps through higher use of latest nationally-representative facts, and during a few new measures, particularly, a brand new, ongoing nationwide Mortality Followback Survey. the purpose is to permit us to benchmark the place we're this day as a society, and what ambitions we will set to lessen ache and ache and maximize the standard of lifetime of we all who will die within the years yet to come.

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The Board noted that we have little understanding of the particular dying experiences of most patients with cancer—where they die, who cares for them as they are dying, what the quality of such care is, whether relevant guidelines are being followed, and whether these things are changing over time. This lack of information hampers our ability to develop a clear policy agenda and will, in the future, impede monitoring trends to determine whether interventions are having their intended effects of improving the quality of life and care for individuals at the end of life.

The Second Supplement on Aging (SOAII) was part of the 1994 NHIS and comprises 9,447 persons who had turned 70 by the time of the SOAII interview. This second cohort was re-interviewed between 199798 and again between 1999-2000. LSOA data allow us to describe the continuum from functional independence in the community through dependence, including institutionalization, to death. , 1995). The LSOA II sample has yet to be matched to National Death Index records, but by the final wave of interviewing, 1,900 persons were reported deceased (Weeks, 2001).

The SIPP is another source of information on disability from the Census Bureau. The SIPP is a longitudinal panel survey of non-institutionalized adults, in which approximately 14,000 households are entered at the beginning of each calendar year and interviewed at specific intervals over a 2- to 3-year period of time. An extensive set of disability questions was asked in the 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, and 2000 panels. Although the data from these surveys conducted by the Census Bureau have limited direct value in understanding quality of life or care at the end of life, the sampling strategies established by the Census Bureau are the foundation for most federal surveys.

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