Annals of Emergency Medicine

Palliative Care in the Emergency Department

  • By
  • Joanne Kenen,
  • New America Foundation
November 30, 2010 |

Dyspnea. Nausea. Dementia. The deep relentless pain of metastatic cancer.

Young physicians entering emergency medicine may envision spending their careers mending trauma victims and restarting stuttering hearts but soon find that they spend as much or more time treating chronically ill patients who cycle in and out of the emergency department (ED) with high symptom burdens and a grim trajectory that no one has stepped up to explain.

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