Measuring quality of life

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 16 August 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i3816
  1. Anthony Cohn, consultant paediatrician
  1. Department of Paediatrics , Watford General Hospital, Watford WD18 0HB, UK
  1. anthony.cohn{at}

In medicine, especially in life or death situations, we are advised to take a patient’s quality of life into account when deciding to offer or withhold treatment. The GMC wisely advises us not to rely on our own judgment but to consult widely before reaching our conclusion. As with many moral choices I find that as I get older, the answers become less …

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