public policy must be informed by timely and accurate data. The
Brown University Center for
Gerontology and Health Care Research, with funding from the
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation,
is engaged in a five-year research effort to use both existing
and new data collections to describe the dying experience in the
United States of America utilizing maps which display geographical
data about quality of end-of-life care.
are faced with a burgeoning elderly population placing demands
on a health care system at a time when public policy is focused
on constraining health care costs.
Now is the
time to ask fundamental questions about care of the dying:
do persons die?
is the quality of end-of-life care in US nursing homes?
are the concerns voiced by bereaved family members about the
quality of end of life care in the United States?