Year: 1997 Source: New England Journal of Medicine, v.336, no.1, (January 2, 1997), p.54-58 SIEC No: 19970160

This article states that there are fundamental physician-related barriers to appropriate, humane & compassionate care for the dying. These range from attitudinal & behavioural to educational & economic barriers. Discusses the issue of physician-assisted suicide. States that the medical profession needs to develop guidelines for good care of dying patients. The first step is to identify factors related to physicians, patients & the health care system that pose barriers to appropriate care.