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Committee on Approaching Death:
Addressing Key End of Life Issues

Public Comment

To help the committee with its work, individuals and organizations are invited to share their thoughts about care for people who are likely approaching death. This includes people who have a serious and progressive illness or condition (disease that is growing or spreading or physical condition that is worsening).

The committee invites individuals who are likely approaching death, families, caregivers, health care professionals, and others interested in these issues to share their comments. The committee is especially interested in hearing about the following topics:

  • Barriers to and opportunities for improving care for individuals and their families,
  • Patient and family experiences with care, and
  • Health care provider experiences. The committee is especially interested in the perspectives of:
    • critical care/surgery/emergency medicine providers
    • primary care providers
    • chronic disease specialists
    • hospice and palliative medicine providers (including volunteers)
    • chaplains and other religious or spiritual advisors
    • community-based or home health aides
    • health care administrators
Public Access File: We hope that you will take a few minutes to answer these questions. Your participation is voluntary and you may choose not to participate at any time without any penalty. If you decide to participate in responding to this request for information, you may withdraw at any time. Individuals under the age of 18 should not submit comments.

IOM will not record identifying information such as your name, email address or IP address. Only aggregated responses without personally identifying information will be presented to the committee and placed in the Public Access File (PAF) for this project. Your response may also be referenced or quoted in the report for this project. Please do not include any information in your response that you do not wish to be made available to the public or included in the report.

You may submit comments in any or all of the following areas. To share your thoughts, please complete the following electronic form.
All comments must be received by November 1, 2013.
Experiences Receiving Care
Experiences Providing Care
Barriers to Care
Improving Care
Additional Comments

Activity Contact Information

For More Information Contact

Thelma Cox

Mailing Address

Institute of Medicine

500 5th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001