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Transforming the Culture of DyingThe Work of the Project on Death in America$
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David Clark

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199311613

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199311613.001.0001

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A Brief History of the Project on Death in America

A Brief History of the Project on Death in America

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(p.1) 1 A Brief History of the Project on Death in America
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Transforming the Culture of Dying
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David Clark

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199311613.003.0001

This chapter presents a brief history of Project on Death in America (PDIA) from its pre-beginnings to its closure. It explains how the initiative came about, how it was resourced, structured, and governed—and the programs that it developed and supported. The PDIA was unveiled publically on November 30, 1994, when George Soros gave an Alexander Ming Fisher Lecture in the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York. He identified three major recommendations. First, improved training for professionals involved in the care of the dying. Second, the adoption of a comprehensive Disease Related Group (DRG) for terminal care in hospitals. Third, the increased availability of hospice services for terminally ill patients, without restrictions on admission and reimbursement.

Keywords:   Project on Death in America, PDIA, end-of-life care, palliative care, dying, George Soros

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