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Letters End of life decisions

Authors respond to editorial

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 14 September 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3687
  1. Lieve Van den Block, professor of communication and education in general practice1,
  2. Reginald Deschepper, anthropologist1,
  3. Johan Bilsen, professor of public health1,
  4. Nathalie Bossuyt, researcher2,
  5. Viviane Van Casteren, senior researcher2,
  6. Luc Deliens, professor of public health and palliative care1
  1. 1Vrije Universiteit Brussel, End-of-Life Care Research Group, Laarbeeklaan 103, 1090 Brussels, Belgium
  2. 2Scientific Institute of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology, 1040 Brussels
  1. lvdblock{at}

    In the editorial accompanying our study, Byock says that we focus on practices that rarely occur at the end of life, such as euthanasia and physician assisted suicide, and pay little attention to more common decisions.1 2 However, detailed empirical reporting is necessary because …

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