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Room for Debate: Expanding the Right to Die- It Violates Medical Principles and Is Dangerous
Ira Byock, MD
New York Times Online Edition, Oct 6, 2014
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We Can and Must Do Better
Ira Byock, MD
Health Progress, Jan-Feb 2014
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Caring Well for One Another Through the End of Life
USA Today, Sept 27, 2013
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Illness is Personal!
Ira Byock, MD
ASCO Post, Vol 4, Issue 8, Nov 15, 2013
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Testimony -Vermont Senate Committee Hearing on S 077 
Ira Byock, MD Jan 31, 2013
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Making Medicine Rational
Ira Byock, MD
LA Times, A 15, July 18, 2012
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Physician-Assisted Suicide Is Not Progressive
"Right to die" is just a slogan. No civil right to commit suicide exists in any social compact.
Ira Byock, MD
The Atlantic.com, Oct 25, 2012
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The Defining Issue of Our Generation
Ira Byock, MD
ABC News, Aug 22, 2012

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Moving Away From Death Panels: Health Reform for the Way We Die
Ira Byock, MD
The Atlantic.com, Mar 6, 2012

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Rational healthcare, not rationing
Ira Byock, MD
Los Angeles Times, July 18, 2012
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It's Time for Our Generation to Act Courageously
Ira Byock, MD
ADEC Forum, Vol 36, Issue 1, Apr 2010
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Dying with Dignity
Ira Byock, MD
Hastings Center Report, Apr 2010
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Do I Need to Die Well? Sharing a Personal Growth Experience
Ira Byock, MD
Touching Lives, February 2010
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HEALTHCARE: Time for a Serious Discussion
Ira Byock, MD
New America Foundation, Nov. 6th, 2009

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HEALTHCARE: We Can't Fix Health Care By (Merely) Fixing Health Care
Ira Byock, MD
New America Foundation, August 7, 2009

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Testimony on House Bill 304 on Physician Assisted Suicide
Ira Byock, MD
New Hampshire Legislature, Feb. 17, 2009

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Testimony on House Bill 44:Patient Choice and Control at End of Life
Ira Byock, MD
Vermont House Human Services Committee, March 1, 2007
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To Life! Reflections on Spirituality, Palliative Practice, and Politics
Ira Byock, MD
American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine, Vol. 23, No. 6, pp 136-138, December/January 2007
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Where do we go from here? A palliative care perspective
Ira Byock, MD
Critical Care Med, Vol. 34, No. 11 (Suppl.), pp S416-S420, 2006
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Improving palliative care in intensive care units: Identifying
strategies and interventions that work

Ira Byock, MD
Critical Care Med, Vol. 34, No. 11 (Suppl.), pp S416-S420, 2006
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Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life Care: A Report on Innovative Models of Palliative Care
Ira Byock, MD, Jeanne ShieldsTwohig, MPA, Melanie Merriman, PhD, MBA, and Karyn Collins,  MPA
Journal of palliative Medicine, Volume 9, Number 1, 2006.
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Evaluation of the Missoula-VITAS Quality of Life Index—Revised: Research Tool or Clinical Tool?
Carolyn Schwartz, ScD, Melanie P. Merriman PhD, MBA, George Reed, PhD, and Ira Byock, MD
Journal of Palliative Medicine, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp 121-135, 2005.
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So many questions for guidance at the end
Ira Byock, MD
Newsday, March 27, 2005.

Both sides are wrong in suicide debate
Ira Byock, MD
Burlington Free Press, February 7, 2005.

Contracts, Covenants and Advance Care Planning: An Empirical Study of the Moral Obligations of Patient and Proxy
Joseph J. Fins, Barbara Maltby, Erika Friedmann, Michele Greene, Kaye Norris, Ronald Adelman and Ira Byock
Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, Vol. 29  No. 1, January 2005, pp. 55-68.
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The Ethics of Loving Care
Ira Byock, MD
Health Progress, July/August 2004.

Spiritual Care at the End of Life
Kaye Norris, PhD; Gretchen Strohmaier, MDiv; Charles Asp, PhD; & Ira Byock, MD
Health Progress, July-August 2004.

Aligning Values with Practice
Jeanne S. Twohig and Ira Byock, MD
Health Progress, July-August 2004.

Palliative Care and the Ethics of Research
Ira Byock, MD
Journal of Supportive Oncology, Vol. 1, No. 2, July/August 2003.
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Caring When Cure Is No Longer Possible
Ira Byock, MD and Yvonne J. Corbeil
The Older Cancer Patient, Chapter 12, Springer Publishing Company, Inc. 2003.

Rediscovering Community at the Core of the Human Condition and Social Covenant
Hastings Center Report , March/April 2003.

Hospice Benefits and Phase I Cancer Trials
Ira Byock, MD and Steven H. Miles, MD
Annals of Internal Medicine,
Vol. 138, No. 4, February 18, 2003, pp 335-337.

Expanding the Realm of the Possible
Ira Byock, MD and Jeanne Twohig, MPA

Journal of Palliative Medicine, Vol. 6, No. 2, 2003.

Sens et valeur de la mort: Faits, philosophie et réflexions sur la responsabilité sociale et clinique
Médicine Palliative, 1: 103-112, December 2002.

Missoula leading the way in care for those at life's end
The Missoulian, January 12, 2003. 

Financial Implications of Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life Care
L. Beresford, I. R. Byock, J. Sheils Twohig. A monograph of Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life Care, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, December 2002.
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Advanced Practice Nursing: Pioneering Practices in Palliative Care
I. R. Byock, J. Sheils Twohig, J. Emnett
A monograph of Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life Care, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, July 2002.
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Advanced Practice Nursing Position Paper
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Dying Well in Corrections: Why Should We Care?
Journal of Correctional Health Care, 2002.

A measure of the quality of dying and death: Initial validation
J. R. Curtis, D. L. Patrick, R. A. Engelberg, K. E. Norris, C. H. Asp, I. R. Byock. 
Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, pp17-31, July 2002.
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The Meaning and Value of Death
Journal of Palliative Medicine Vol. 5, No. 2, pp. 279-288, May 2002. 

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Advocacy and Activism: Missing Pieces in the Quest to Improve End-of-life Care
Ira Byock, MD; David J. Casarett, MD, MA; Jason H.T. Karlawish MD
Journal of Palliative Medicine,  Vol. 5,  No. 1, pp. 3-12, February 2002.
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Improving End-of-Life Experience and Care in the Community: A Conceptual Framework
Ira Byock, MD; Kaye Norris, PhD; J. Randall Curtis, MD, MPH; Donald L. Patrick, PhD, MSPH. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management,  Vol. 22, No. 3, pp. 759-772  September 2001.

Elderly Deserve TLC
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, (for syndicated
Knight Ridder Newspapers), August 28, 2001.

Beyond Symptom Management- Physician Roles and Responsibility in Palliative Care
Ira Byock, MD; Arthur Caplan, PhD; and Lois Snyder, JD; for the American College of Physicians - American Society of Internal Medicine, End-of-Life Care Consensus Panel, 2001.

Foreword for A Handbook for End-of-Life Care in Correctional Facilities
Volunteers of America, Alexandria, Virginia, 2001.

The Outstretched Arm
A publication of the National Center for Jewish Healing, New York, Spring 2001.

The Missoula Experiment: How a small town learned to make dying a part of life
Atcheson R, Modern Maturity, September-October 2000, pp 60-62&88.

We're Setting an Example for Others
The Missoulian, April 30, 2000.

Steve's Story
Excerpted from: On Our Own Terms: Moyers on Dying
Discussion Guide, Spring 2000
Produced by Public Affairs Television, Inc. and presented on PBS by Thirteen/WNET New York.

Palliative Care
Excerpted from: On Our Own Terms: Moyers on Dying
Discussion Guide, Spring 2000
Produced by Public Affairs Television, Inc. and presented on PBS by Thirteen/WNET New York.

Completing the Continuum of Cancer Care:
Integrating Life-Prolongation and Palliation
     
CA - A Journal for Clinicians, Vol. 50, No. 2, March / April 2000, pp 123-132.

Responding to Intractable Terminal Suffering: The Role of Terminal Sedation
and Voluntary Refusal of Food and Fluids

Quill TE, Byock RI  for the ACP–ASIM End-of-Life Care Consensus Panel, Annals
of Internal Medicine, Vol. 132, March 7, 2000, pp 408 -414. 

Testimony presented before the Congress of the United States House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform
October 19, 1999.

A Loving Death: Dying with dignity in Missoula can become a national metaphor
The Missoulian, April 28, 1999.

Suicide Debate Still Off Course
Detroit Free Press, April 13, 1999.

Hospice and Palliative Care: A Parting of the Ways or a Path to the Future?

Journal of Palliative Medicine, Volume 1, Number 2,1998.

Snuff Film
The Washington Post, December 6, 1998.

Congress Can Avoid Another Uncivil War
Oregonian, September 30, 1998.

Dying: After the Court Ruling

The Wall Street Journal, June 27, 1997.

Why Do We Make Dying So Miserable?

The Washington Post, January 22, 1997.

Written Testimony presented to The National Academy of Sciences
Institute of Medicine Committee on Care at the End of Life

by the Academy of Hospice Physicians, May 20, 1996.

The Nature of Suffering and the Nature of Opportunity at the End of Life
Clinics in Geriatric Medicine, Vol.12, No.2, pp 237-251, May 1996.

Notes of a Hospice Physician
The Western Journal of Medicine, Vol. 164, no. 4, pp. 367-8, April 1996.

Patient Refusal of Nutrition and Hydration
Walking the Ever-Finer Line,
The American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care, March/April 1995, pp. 8-13.

Kevorkian: Right Problem, Wrong Solution
The Washington Post, January 17, 1994.

When Suffering Persists...
Journal of Palliative Care, Vol.10, No.2, pp 8-13, 1994.

From Innocence to Audit: Transatlantic lessons on the routinization of hospice
Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care, Jan/Feb, pp 4-7, 1994.
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Consciously Walking the Fine Line
Thoughts on a Hospice Response to Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia.
Journal of Palliative Care, Vol.9, No.3, pp 25-28, 1993.

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Books

The Four Things That Matter Most
Simon & Schuster / FreePress, 2004

Palliative and End-of-Life Pearls 
Co-authored with John E.Heffner, MD 
Hanley and Belfus, Inc., 2002

A Few Months to Live: Different Paths to Life's End     
Co-authored with Jana Staton and Roger Shuy
Georgetown University Press, 2001

Dying Well:
The Prospect of Growth at the End-of-Life
Putnam / Riverhead, 1997
READ Recent Reviews (Jan. 2007)

 


Blogs and Interviews with Ira Byock

The Diane Rehm Show
New Efforts To Expand Options For Terminally Ill Patients
Ira Byock, MD
The Diane Rehm Show, Oct 23, 2014

CBS 60 Minutes
Ending Life
Ira Byock, MD
CBS 60 Minutes, Oct 19, 2014

PBS The NewsHour
Should terminally ill patients be able to choose when they die
Ira Byock, MD
PBS The NewsHour, Oct 14, 2014

The New York Times
Room for Debate: Expanding the Right to Die - It Violates Medical Principles and Is Dangerous

Ira Byock, MD
New York Times Online Edition, Oct 6, 2014

Think Out Loud - Oregon Public Broadcasting - Host: Allison Frost
Ira Byock Advocates Better Care at the End of Life, January 25, 2013

A transformation is needed in the way our society and culture Ñ not merely our health care system Ñ cares for seriously ill people and supports family caregiver.

Remarks at The White Mass - Worcester, MA Roman Catholic Cathedral
October 18, 2012
www.vimeo.com/51759156 (20 mins)

CBS 60 Minutes
The Cost of Dying
Ira Byock, MD
CBS 60 Minutes, Nov 22, 2009

BigThink.com  
Ira interviewed on topics related to Life and Death, March 2008

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      What is the consolation of faith in the face of death?

Ira Byock Featured on NPR's "Talk of the Nation"
Aug. 31, 2009

Living With Dying - Website and Blog
Almost everyone has known someone who was dying. It's part of life. While we all have stories of what happened during that time, most of us haven't talked about them with others. This site, inspired by the upcoming film "Two Weeks," is the place to share those experiences and to engage in dialogue with Dr. Byock and Steve Stockman, the writer and director of Two Weeks.

Life Force! Dr. Ira Byock is changing the way people die by changing the way they live.
An article by Stephen Kiernan, author of Last Rights: Rescuing the End of Life From the Medical System, appearing in the Boston Globe, January 14th, 2007.

Video Interview
Ira answers to frequently asked questions on palliative care in an exclusive interview for Dartmouth Medicine Magazine, Summer 2006 issue.

The Assisted-Suicide Debate
An interview with Ira Byock by Steve Gordon, Valley News Staff Writer, February 4, 2005.

The Remarkable Value of Dying Well: Dr. Ira Byock and the Missoula Demonstration Project
The New Times, Cat Saunders, Ph.D., 2002.

Moderated Chat with Ira Byock
ABC News, June 1999.

AARP Bulletin Newsmaker Interview with Ira Byock, M.D.
AARP Bulletin, Susan J. Crowley, June 1998.

Five Minutes with Ira Byock
Contemporary Long Term Care, Yvonne Parsons, May 1997.

The Ultimate Question
NEWSHOUR Transcript January 1997.


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