The Hastings Center published a special report, "Improving End of Life Care: Why Has It Been So Difficult?," as a supplement to the November/December 2005 issue of the Hastings Center Report.
The goal of the special report was to assess progress in end-of-life care in the decade following dissemination of results from SUPPORT (Study to Understand Prognoses and Preferences and Risks of Treatment), a $28-million randomized clinical trial funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).
Key Results: The Hasting Center:
- Published the special report "Improving End of Life Care: Why Has It Been So Difficult?" as a supplement to the November/December 2005 issue of the Hastings Center Report, and as a freestanding publication.
- The peer-reviewed report includes 10 commissioned essays by a multidisciplinary panel of ethicists, legal scholars, nursing and medical faculty and clinicians.
- Contracted with two communications firms to help disseminate the special report:
- Sojourn Communications coordinated distribution of the supplement to organizations in the end-of-life field.
- Burness Communications convened a briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington on November 10, 2005, for legislators and the media.
- Distributed some 5,000 copies of the special report as a supplement to the Hastings Center Report.
- Distributed an additional 19,500 copies to end-of-life experts and organizations, legislators, members of the media and others.
- As of July 2008, 6,373 copies of the report have been downloaded from the Hastings Center website.