Forgoing Treatment at the End of Life in 6 European Countries

JAMA Internal Medicine 165 (4):401-407 (2005)
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Abstract

Modern medicine provides unprecedented opportunities in diagnostics and treatment. However, in some situations at the end of a patient’s life, many physicians refrain from using all possible measures to prolong life. We studied the incidence of different types of treatment withheld or withdrawn in 6 European countries and analyzed the main background characteristics.

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