2017 Consumer Research: Deep Dive on Conversations

2017 Consumer Research: Deep Dive on Conversations

Publication date: January 1, 2017

Following up with a cohort of respondents who participated in the Coalition’s 2016 baseline survey, this survey dove deep into the content of conversations between doctors and loved ones. It also included an expanded set of questions about the experiences of care for respondents who had a loved one die recently in Massachusetts.

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