Continuous deep sedation in medical practice: a descriptive study.

  title={Continuous deep sedation in medical practice: a descriptive study.},
  author={Clive Seale},
  journal={Journal of pain and symptom management},
  volume={39 1},
CONTEXT Continuous deep sedation (CDS) until death can form an effective part of palliative care. In The Netherlands and Belgium, CDS is sometimes regarded as an alternative to euthanasia, and the involvement of palliative care specialists is low. Provision of CDS through opioids alone is not recommended. OBJECTIVES This study investigates the use of CDS in the United Kingdom. METHODS A survey of 8,857 doctors, of whom 3,733 (42%) replied, with 2,923 reporting on their last patient who died… CONTINUE READING

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