Uncertainty in dying: keeping both hands openBMJ 2011; 342 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d2887 (Published 10 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2887
- Eileen M Palmer, consultant and medical director1
- 1Hospice at Home West Cumbria, Workington Community Hospital, Workington, Cumbria CA14 2RW, UK
Gott and colleagues explore clinicians’ views about transitions to palliative care in acute hospitals.1 Genuine uncertainty in recognising the point of transition emerges, alongside the inherent problem of “either-or” linear thinking about life, death, medicine, and the experience of being human.
The use of so called life prolonging treatments in acute settings does not preclude the use of …