In search of a good death: Humanising effects of a good death will help society

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7408.221-a (Published 24 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:221
  1. Aileen Clarke, senior lecturer (aileen.clarke@lshtm.ac.uk),
  2. Jean Gladwin, research fellow
  1. Health Services Research Unit, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London WC1E 7HT

    EDITOR—As part of our work to support the British government's recent fundamental review of death certification we interviewed doctors about its processes and practice.1 We found that doctors often approached death certification as an interruption of their real work, describing the completion of a death certificate as an irritation or a necessary evil.

    Research in the United Kingdom and elsewhere suggests that death …

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