Hastening death in end-of-life care: a survey of doctors.

@article{Seale2009HasteningDI,
  title={Hastening death in end-of-life care: a survey of doctors.},
  author={C. Seale},
  journal={Social science & medicine},
  year={2009},
  volume={69 11},
  pages={
          1659-66
        }
}
  • C. Seale
  • Published 2009
  • Medicine
  • Social science & medicine
The application of medical technology to prolong life at the expense of quality of life is widely debated in end-of-life care. A national survey of 3733 UK doctors reporting on the care of 2923 people who had died under their care is reported here. Results show that there was no time to make an 'end-of-life decision' (deciding to provide, withdraw or withhold treatment) for 8.5% of those reporting deaths. A further 55.2% reported decisions which they estimated would not hasten death and 28.9… Expand
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