Starting in 1998, researchers at the Center for Ethics in Health Care at the Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, Ore., disseminated information on end-of-life care in a variety of ways and cultivated networks of health care professionals to promote improved end-of-life care through policy change, both in Oregon and throughout the United States.
The project team used data from their earlier studies of patients and families as the basis for further studies of health care providers about the delivery of care at the end of life.
The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's (RWJF) national program Targeted End-of-Life Projects Initiative.
The project team reported these results specific to Oregon:
Results with a national focus included: