Eliana Close

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OBJECTIVES To estimate the incidence, duration and cost of futile treatment for end-of-life hospital admissions. DESIGN Retrospective multicentre cohort study involving a clinical audit of hospital admissions. SETTING Three Australian public-sector tertiary hospitals. PARTICIPANTS Adult patients who died while admitted to one of the study hospitals(More)
OBJECTIVE Futile treatment, which by definition cannot benefit a patient, is undesirable. This research investigated why doctors believe that treatment that they consider to be futile is sometimes provided at the end of a patient's life. DESIGN Semistructured in-depth interviews. SETTING Three large tertiary public hospitals in Brisbane, Australia. (More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate how doctors define and use the terms "futility" and "futile treatment" in end-of-life care. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS A qualitative study using semi-structured interviews with 96 doctors from a range of specialties which treat adults at the end of life. Doctors were recruited from three large Brisbane teaching hospitals and(More)
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