Friday, February 28, 2014

The Final Decisions of Doctors and Patients, and Why They Differ

When it comes to dying, nearly everyone says they want a peaceful death, at home, without pain. But it turns out doctors and patients have different ideas on how to achieve that end. Patients often choose medical intervention to prolong life for themselves or their loved ones, whereas physicians don’t.

Radiolab spoke with Ken Murray, MD, about why doctors tend to turn away life support in favor of palliative care. It turns out, the public has misconceptions about the effectiveness of medical interventions.

“A lot of times we are doing things to people [to keep them alive] that we wouldn’t do to a terrorist … I’m not kidding.” Dr. Murray said. Listen to the full interview below for more
insights.

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