US doctors reject patients' wishes

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 02 December 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1455

US doctors are overwhelmingly rejecting their patients' dying wishes, according to a study in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association. The study to understand prognoses and preferences for outcomes and risks of treatments (SUPPORT) included over 9000 patients in five teaching hospitals in the US. The patients, all of whom had life …

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