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Letters End of life decisions

Doctors can be trusted

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 14 September 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3685
  1. Agnes van der Heide, associate professor1,
  2. Judith A C Rietjens, postdoctoral researcher1
  1. 1Department of Public Health, Erasmus MC, PO Box 2040, 3000 CA Rotterdam, Netherlands
  1. a.vanderheide{at}

    Van den Block and colleagues’ survey in Belgium found that high use of palliative care is associated with more medical decisions to hasten death.1 …

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