Saturday, November 17, 2012

Physicians, Not Surrogates, to Blame for Non-Beneficial Overtreatment

Another interesting result from the new Medscape survey of top ethical dilemmas.  Too many patients are just not getting the truth about how bad things really are.

I was pleased to hear, this weekend in NYC, more about New York's Palliative Care Information Act (in effect since Feb. 2011) and about similar legislation now in the NY pipeline.  While there are some intractable futility disputes, most inappropriate, non-beneficial end-of-life medicine is clinician-driven, not surrogate-driven.  


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