The Monmouth University Polling Institute and the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute released their third “Health Matters Poll,” a periodic survey of Garden State attitudes on health care related issues. The current survey, which examines planning for end of life care, found that most New Jerseyans have had some sort of discussion about their wishes for end of life medical treatment, but few have actually made specific plans.

Most New Jersey residents say they are comfortable thinking about the idea of getting older, including 45% who are very comfortable and 28% who are somewhat comfortable with the idea. Another 26% say getting older is something they would rather not think about. There are no significant differences in this comfort level by residents’ age, race, education or income.

Poll Results: New Jersey’s End of Life Care Planning April 2014

Additionally, in September 2014, the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Approaching Death examined the current state of end-of-life care with respect to delivery of medical care and social support; patient-family-provider communication values and preferences; advance care planning; financing and reimbursement; and education of health professionals, patients, and loved ones. For more information on their findings and recommendations, click here. A copy of their report brief is also included in the Resources box.

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