Letters

Survival predictions may hasten death

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7422.1048-d (Published 30 October 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1048
  1. Daniel J Benor (DB@WholisticHealingResearch.com), editor
  1. International Journal of Healing and Caring—On line (www.ijhc.org), PO Box 502, Medford, NJ 08055, USA

    EDITOR—I have always been concerned about predictions of death, a subject discussed by Glare et al.1 While in some cases predictions may be a boon to seriously ill people and their families, in other instances they may hasten death unnecessarily—particularly when given months and years in advance.

    Studies show that people can choose, to …

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