“Doctors see a lot,” Dr. Periyakoil told me later that day. Resuscitation attempts are so aggressive — likely to break an older patient’s ribs but unlikely to restore them to their previous state of health or function — that after witnessing several, “you know too much and you’re much more wary,” she said.Opinions varied slightly between gender, ethnicity, and specialty, but the consensus was the same: Most physicians (88.3 percent of those surveyed) said they would forgo resuscitation efforts and heroic measures if diagnosed with a terminal illness. Read more at The New Old Age blog.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Young Physicians Choose Less Intervention at End of Life, Too
We’ve written on this blog before that physicians choose a different kind of death from many of their patients — one with less medical intervention and more palliative care. A survey reported by The New York Times’ health blogger Paula Span reveals these views are held not just by older physicians but by younger ones as well.