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Authors’ reply to Wise’s letter on including palliative care doctors in treatment discussions

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: (Published 19 May 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j2432
  1. Scott A Murray, professor1,
  2. M Kendall, social scientist1,
  3. G Mitchell, professor of general practice and palliative care2,
  4. S Moine, general practitioner3,
  5. J Amblàs-Novellas, geriatrician4,
  6. K Boyd, honorary senior clinical lecturer1
  1. 1Primary Palliative Care Research Group, Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
  2. 2Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Science, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
  3. 3Health Education and Practices Laboratory, Amiens University Hospital, Amiens, France
  4. 4Geriatric and Palliative Care Department, University of Vic, Barcelona, Spain
  1. Scott.Murray{at}

In response to our recent analysis,1 Wise calls for palliative care doctors to be included in treatment decisions when palliative oncology or radiotherapy is being considered.2 He states that both patients and oncologists are frequently overoptimistic about treatment outcomes, and suggests that if a palliative medicine specialist were present, “best supportive care ” alone might then be a more …

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