Survival rates unaffected by end-of-life discussions

November 2011
Hospice Management Advisor;Nov2011, Vol. 16 Issue 11, p131
The article states that discussing and documenting patients' preference about end-of-life does not affect them adversely. It mentions a study in the "Journal of Hospital Medicine" which shows that patients talking to their physicians about end-of-life care have similar survival rates as the patients who don't have discussions. The study has certain controversies but it may prove as directive for key stakeholders, health care providers and policy makers.


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