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BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 12 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e4037

Dying Dutch patients are treated for too long: Dutch doctors continue intensive treatment of dying patients for longer than is desirable or in patients’ best interests, say almost two thirds of respondents in a survey of more than 700 doctors carried out by the Dutch Medical Association journal, Medisch Contact. Doctors, the respondents believe, are simply inclined by nature and training to offer treatment.1

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