Reasons for withdrawing treatment in patients receiving intensive care.

  title={Reasons for withdrawing treatment in patients receiving intensive care.},
  author={Alex R. Manara and James A Pittman and F. E. M. Braddon},
  volume={53 6},
We studied the frequency with which treatment was withdrawn in intensive care patients and the primary reason for reaching the decision. The medical records of patients having had active treatment withdrawn between August 1992 and February 1996 inclusive were reviewed. Patients were classified into an imminent death group consisting of those expected to die, a qualitative group who had treatment withdrawn on quality of life considerations and a lethal conditions group who had associated disease… CONTINUE READING

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