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Letters Intensive care

Intensive care: multidisciplinary group to tackle end of life care

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 05 December 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k5090
  1. Joseph F Cosgrove, consultant in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine1,
  2. Christopher Bassford, consultant in intensive care medicine2
  3. On behalf of the End of Life Working Party, Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine
  1. 1Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne NE7 7DN, UK
  2. 2University Hospital, Coventry, UK
  1. joe.cosgrove{at}

In their Analysis article, Gross and colleagues discuss the need to balance the benefits and potential burdens of intensive care treatments.1 They outline the dilemmas of decision making in intensive care and the qualitative and quantitative effects on survival attributed to chronic disease and frailty.1 This closely follows the recent Royal College of Physicians’ report Talking About Dying.2 Other recent work has shown that 24% of Scottish intensive care survivors are readmitted to hospital within 90 days of discharge; causes of readmission are generally associated with pre-intensive care comorbidities rather than the severity of …

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