Letters Prognostic pessimism

Not all bad?

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39423.448681.1F (Published 13 December 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:1225
  1. Olga M Peters-Polman, intensivist1,
  2. Jan G Zijlstra, intensivist1,
  3. Jaap E Tulleken, intensivist1,
  4. John H Meertens, intensivist1,
  5. Jack J Ligtenberg, intensivist1
  1. 1Department of Critical Care, University Medical Centre Groningen, PO Box 30.001 9700 RB Groningen, Netherlands
  1. o.m.peters{at}anest.umcg.nl

    Wildman et al touch on the issue of prognosis in critically ill patients.1 They conclude that undue pessimism leads to unjustified refusal. What is shown, however, is that doctors, despite their pessimism, admit patients to the intensive care unit—a sign that they are aware of their limited …

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