This work may not be copied, distributed, displayed, published, reproduced, transmitted, modified, posted, sold, licensed, or used for commercial purposes. By downloading this file, you are agreeing to the publisher’s Terms & Conditions.

Original Articles

When All Else Is Done: The Challenge of Improving Antemortem Care

W. Clay Jackson, M.D., DipTh

Published: October 1, 1999

Article Abstract

Recent findings from the Study to Understand Prognoses and Preferences for Outcomes and Risks of Treatments (SUPPORT) reveal that Americans are receiving antemortem care that is highly technical and interventional, but poorly consistent with patients’ wishes. A growing body of research in palliative medicine describes a manner of care that restores the possibility of a “good death” to the vast majority of patients. By familiarizing themselves with the medical, psychological, legal, and existential aspects of antemortem care, primary care physicians can offer excellent palliative care, changing the landscape of postmodern medicine for the benefit of all patients–including ourselves.

Some JCP and PCC articles are available in PDF format only. Please click the PDF link at the top of this page to access the full text.

Related Articles

Volume: 1

Quick Links: End of Life-Palliative Care , Medical


Sign-up to stay
up-to-date today!


Already registered? Sign In

Original Research

Sublingual Dexmedetomidine for the Treatment of Acute Agitation in Adults With Schizophrenia or Schizoaffective Disorder: A Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trial

This RCT determined whether a single dose of sublingual dexmedetomidine reduced acute agitation associated with schizophrenia or...