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MediCaring Blog: High and Worsening Symptom Prevalence in the Last Year of Life

Republished with permission from: by Adam Singer Symptoms such as pain and confusion are very distressing for those nearing the end of life and their families. That’s why increasing attention to end-of-life care is spurring greater interest in alleviating such symptoms as a critical component of quality of life. Yet there

Why Not The Best

Why Not The Best was created and is maintained by The Commonwealth Fund (link:, a private foundation working toward a high performance health system. It is a free resource for health care professionals interested in tracking performance on various measures of health care quality. It enables organizations to compare

Health System Data Center

The Commonwealth Fund's ( Health Systems Data Center provides for comparisons of state and regional data on access to healthcare, prevention and treatment, avoidable hospital use, and health lives. The site ranks all 50 states and the District of Columbia on their performance for 38 different indicators. It also ranks

County Health Rankings

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The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program is a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (link: and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (link: County Health Rankings measure vital health factors, including high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, unemployment, access to healthy foods, the quality of