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From Palliative Care Australia Palliative Matters Stories about living, dying and Palliative Care

futile treatment

  1. One third of elderly patients receive futile treatment before they die

    29 June 2016

    Worldwide, more than one-third of elderly patients receive invasive and potentially harmful hospital treatment during their last six months of life, potentially preventing a comfortable death and prolonging suffering rather than survival.

  2. Fresh insight into why doctors sometimes provide futile treatment

    24 June 2016

    Terminally ill patients wanting to avoid futile medical treatment which increases or prolongs their suffering may achieve better outcomes if they actively encourage doctors to discuss their prognosis, according to a leading Brisbane-based researcher.


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