Letters What should we die from?

Cardiovascular disease and cancer compete for the outcome of death

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g5227 (Published 19 August 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5227
  1. Greg Irving, clinical lecturer in general practice1
  1. 1Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 0SR, UK
  1. gi226{at}cam.ac.uk

Life is a game of multiple competing risks, and problems arise when we forget that death is a single, non-repetitive event usually attributable to one cause.1 Doctors often consider issues of competing risks when caring for patients with multimorbid chronic disease. For example, it’s not uncommon for a GP to ask, “Will my …

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