Beth Walston, RN, PhD, began a campaign to empower laypeople in Illinois to have the ability to make informed choices about their dying and to educate and inform the public about the choices available to dying patients and their families. In February 1997, she submitted draft legislation to Illinois state senators; in May 1997, Senate Resolution No. 76 was passed, creating a task force to study end-of-life issues. In December, a group of health care professionals and interested citizens formed the Illinois Coalition for Improving End-of-Life Care to promote awareness. The coalition has sought and received community and foundation support. By 1998, the group had grown to include interest groups from around the state and had begun to network with others around the country.
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This online version of the book Improving Care for the End of Life: A Sourcebook for Health Care Managers and Clinicians is provided with permission of Americans for Better Care of the Dying [ www.abcd-caring.org ] and Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.
For further information on quality improvement in end-of-life care visit The Palliative Care Policy Center [ www.medicaring.org ].