End Of Life Procedures

In collaboration with my colleague Simon Ioffe, the poster below shows the progression of the most common procedures in the last 12 weeks of a person's life. The movement of services like X-Rays, CT Scans, Chemotherapy and more shed some light on the final weeks.

In the poster, we decided to pay homage to Henry Gannett’s data visualizations, which portrayed rankings of city population based on US Census data. Published in the Statistical Atlas of the United States in 1880, 1890, and 1900, those graphs of the top 40 cities ranked by population perfectly capture the growth of America’s industrial Midwest from the first census in 1790 to the height of the industrial revolution.

Rather than tracking the decennial census at each column, the artists defined seven periods of a patient’s end-of-life care, starting 13 weeks prior to death, and proceeding in two-week intervals until the date of death. In each phase, the top 32 most common services provided are depicted. Those services are then tracked by the ranking through each time phase.

The Original Henry Gannett Visual