Prevalence of symptoms at the end of life in an acute care hospital: a retrospective cohort study.

@article{Kobewka2017PrevalenceOS,
  title={Prevalence of symptoms at the end of life in an acute care hospital: a retrospective cohort study.},
  author={Daniel M. Kobewka and Paul E Ronksley and Dan McIsaac and Sunita Mulpuru and Alan J. Forster},
  journal={CMAJ open},
  year={2017},
  volume={5 1},
  pages={E222-E228}
}
BACKGROUND There is currently debate over the benefits and harms of physician-assisted death. One of the factors influencing this debate is concern about symptoms in the days before death. The objective of this study was to describe the frequency of symptoms before death and determine patient characteristics associated with these symptoms. METHODS We reviewed the medical record of every patient who died at a multisite academic teaching hospital over a 3-month period. We determined the number… CONTINUE READING