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Where Americans Die — Is There Really “No Place Like Home”?

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  • Melissa W. Wachterman, M.D., M.P.H.,
  • Elizabeth A. Luth, Ph.D.,
  • Robert S. Semco, B.S.E.,
  • and Joel S. Weissman, Ph.D.

The perception that a good death is one that occurs at home is ingrained in our cultural and social history. But palliative care clinicians have begun to question this idea. What is needed is high-quality end-of-life care that aligns with individual goals and needs.

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Author Affiliations

From the Veterans Affairs Boston Health Care System, Section of General Internal Medicine (M.W.W.), Brigham and Women’s Hospital (M.W.W., R.S.S., J.S.W.), and the Dana–Farber Cancer Institute, Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care (M.W.W.) — all in Boston; and the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research and the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ (E.A.L.).

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