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What is New York's Palliative Care Information Act (PCIA)?

Barbara Coombs Lee
Hospice Nursing
The Palliative Care Information Act (PCIA) instructs New York doctors and nurse practitioners to offer terminally ill patients information on hospice, palliative care and appropriate end-of-life options. Patients may accept or decline the offer, but at least they do not bear responsibility for starting what may be the most important conversation of their lives.

PCIA will not force frightening facts on unwilling patients. The bill is clear that patients may decline the offer of information, and that ends the discussion. Patients whose wish is not to know will still get that wish.

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