Giving More Patients "A Good Death"

Palliative care offers comfort over aggressive medicine

In her job at a nursing home in Queens, N.Y., physician's assistant Donna Zaken tries to make dying as easy as it can be for patients. She runs the Margaret Tietz Center for Nursing Care's year-old palliative-care program, where she's part of a team helping terminally ill people for whom further medical treatment may be futile--and who now need comfort and peace of mind.

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