Hardware or software that is no longer manufactured or supported. An end of life announcement by a vendor stipulates when the manufacturing will end, or if already ended, how far into the future support for the product will be provided.
She details the changing landscape concerning the end of life, attitudes towards death and dying, her experience in these settings, how language is used to control the messiness of death, the history of emergency and hospice care, the literature and theories on making sense of the end of life, and providers' experiences working in end-of-life settings and what they say and do to control difficult situations.
Patients with stage IV lung or colorectal cancer who had end-of-life discussions with caregivers before the last 30 days of life were significantly less likely to receive aggressive care in their final days and more likely to get hospice care and to enter hospice earlier, a study of 1,231 patients found.
Estimates for the cost of end-of-life care include numbers such as 27% of the Medicare budget, 10%-12% of the total health care budget, and 25%-40% of the cost can be saved during the last month of life with advance directives and hospice care (Emanuel, 1996).