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Patient Preferences for Communication With Physicians About End-of-Life Decisions
BACKGROUND: Physicians are frequently unaware of patient preferences for end-of-life care. Identifying and exploring barriers to patient-physician communication about end-of-life issues may help guide physicians and ...
Contempo 1997: End-of-Life Care
Outcomes and Cost-Effectiveness of Initiating Dialysis and Continuing Aggressive Care in Seriously Ill Hospitalized Adults
BACKGROUND: Renal failure requiring dialysis in the setting of hospitalization for serious illness is a poor prognostic sign, and dialysis and aggressive care are sometimes withheld. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the clinical ...
Death in the Hospital
OBJECTIVE: To examine symptoms and treatments among hospitalized adults in the last 2 days of life. METHODS: Review of 72 consecutive medical records of patients who died at an academic medical center and 32 consecutive medical ...
End-of-Life Care in Medical Textbooks
Improvement in end-of-life care has become a demand of the public and a priority for health care professionals. Medical textbooks could support this improvement by functioning as educational resources and as reference ...
Older Age, Aggressiveness of Care, and Survival for Seriously Hospitalized Adults
BACKGROUND: Older age is associated with less aggressive treatment and higher short-term mortality due to serious illness. It is not known whether less aggressive care contributes to this survival disadvantage in elderly ...
Factors Associated With Use of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in Seriously Ill Hospitalized Adults
CONTEXT: The epidemiology of do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders for hospitalized patients has been reported, but little is known about factors associated with the use of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). OBJECTIVE: To identify ...
Management of Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators in End- of-Life Care
BACKGROUND: Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) can prevent premature death from an arrhythmia but may also prolong the dying process and make it more distressing. OBJECTIVE: To describe the frequency, timing, ...