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Doctors give patients potentially harmful procedures at end of life, global review finds

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3613 (Published 29 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3613
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. London

More than a third of dying elderly patients receive invasive treatments that are unlikely to benefit them and could even be harmful in the final weeks of life, a large global review published in the International Journal for Quality in Health Care has found.1

The review, led by researchers at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, reviewed 38 studies published from 1995 to 2015 …

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