Continuous deep sedation for patients nearing death in the Netherlands: descriptive study.

  title={Continuous deep sedation for patients nearing death in the Netherlands: descriptive study.},
  author={Judith A C Rietjens and Johannes Jm van Delden and Bregje D. Onwuteaka-Philipsen and Hilde M. Buiting and Paul J. van der Maas and Agnes van der Heide},
  volume={336 7648},
OBJECTIVES To study the practice of continuous deep sedation in 2005 in the Netherlands and compare it with findings from 2001. DESIGN Questionnaire study about random samples of deaths reported to a central death registry in 2005 and 2001. SETTING Nationwide physician study in the Netherlands. PARTICIPANTS Reporting physicians received a questionnaire about the medical decisions that preceded the patient's death; 78% (n=6860) responded in 2005 and 74% (n=5617) in 2001. MAIN OUTCOME… CONTINUE READING
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