The recent emphasis on patient-centered care places a demand for quality information on both sides of the medical relationship. Physicians and nurses are tasked with communicating effectively in ever-smaller time segments. Patients must describe their symptoms and treatment progress and ask any pertinent questions in the same shrinking time frame.
In a recent CNN debate about health care, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said that older adults facing life-threatening diseases in the United States are treated in the intensive care unit, whereas in Europe, they are "often put in palliative care, essentially doped up with some drugs" and told "well, now is your time to go."
In a recent CNN debate about health care, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz claimed people confronted with life-threatening diseases who receive palliative care services were "essentially doped up with some drugs" and told "well, now is your time to go." We find these statements absurdly misrepresentative of the goals of palliative care.