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Many Americans Would Consider Comfort Hospice-Type Care for Loved Ones

Before her death last week, the Bush family announced they would pursue comfort care rather than medical intervention for Barbara Bush’s failing health. It’s a tough choice for Americans, but many would make the same decision for their loved ones.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that, if a loved one were diagnosed with a terminal illness, 40% of American Adults would choose to give them pain medication and let nature take its course, also referred to as comfort care, palliative care or hospice. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on April 18-19, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on April 18-19, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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