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Dying remains a taboo subject for patients and GPs, finds survey

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e3356 (Published 14 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3356
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Many GPs are failing to discuss dying and end of life wishes with patients, according to a survey commissioned by the Dying Matters Coalition, a group led by the National Council for Palliative Care.

The online survey of 2028 adults and 1000 GPs found that discussing dying and end of life plans remains a taboo for most people in Britain. The survey, carried out by the polling agency ComRes, found that only 27% of the public have asked a family member about their end of life wishes and less than a third (31%) have talked to …

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