End-of-life decision-making in the hospital: current practice and future prospects.

  title={End-of-life decision-making in the hospital: current practice and future prospects.},
  author={Joseph J. Fins and Franklin G. Miller and Cathleen A Acres and Matthew D. Bacchetta and L L Huzzard and Bruce D. Rapkin},
  journal={Journal of pain and symptom management},
  volume={17 1},
Chart review of patients who died in the hospital was used to describe the pattern of end-of-life decision-making and care for hospitalized dying patients and to propose a structured process of assessing the suitability of patients for palliative care. The setting was a large urban academic medical center, and the sample comprised 200 of 205 consecutive adult deaths during the first 4 months of 1996. The main outcome measures were identification of the patient as dying, do-not-resuscitate (DNR… CONTINUE READING
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