End-of-life practices in European intensive care units: the Ethicus Study.

  title={End-of-life practices in European intensive care units: the Ethicus Study.},
  author={Charles L Sprung and Simon L. Cohen and Peter Sjokvist and Mario Baras and H P Bulow and S. Hovilehto and Didier Ledoux and Anne M. Lippert and Paulo Maia and Dermot M Phelan and Wolfgang Schobersberger and Elisabet Wennberg and Thomas Woodcock},
  volume={290 6},
CONTEXT While the adoption of practice guidelines is standardizing many aspects of patient care, ethical dilemmas are occurring because of forgoing life-sustaining therapies in intensive care and are dealt with in diverse ways between different countries and cultures. OBJECTIVES To determine the frequency and types of actual end-of-life practices in European intensive care units (ICUs) and to analyze the similarities and differences. DESIGN AND SETTING A prospective, observational study of… CONTINUE READING
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