Forgoing treatment at the end of life in 6 European countries.

  title={Forgoing treatment at the end of life in 6 European countries.},
  author={Georg Bosshard and Tore Nilstun and Johan Bilsen and Michael S Norup and Guido Miccinesi and Johannes Jm van Delden and Karin Faisst and Agnes van der Heide},
  journal={Archives of internal medicine},
  volume={165 4},
BACKGROUND Modern medicine provides unprecedented opportunities in diagnostics and treatment. However, in some situations at the end of a patient's life, many physicians refrain from using all possible measures to prolong life. We studied the incidence of different types of treatment withheld or withdrawn in 6 European countries and analyzed the main background characteristics. METHODS Between June 2001 and February 2002, samples were obtained from deaths reported to registries in Belgium… CONTINUE READING

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