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Planning Medical Services for the End of Life

Valeri A. Portnoi, MD
JAMA. 2001;285(20):2578-2579. doi:10.1001/jama.285.20.2578.
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To the Editor: I was disappointed that Dr Lynn1 did not mention geriatric services in her article about caring for patients at the end of life. Although her recommendations for needed services are similar to those in my article of more than 20 years ago,2 she called for developing a new model of care. She failed to explain what is wrong with the existing "comprehensive and coordinated" model of geriatric medical care other than to claim that it is "unusual and hard to sustain."

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