Nancy L. Keating, Mary Beth Landrum, Selwyn O. Rogers Jr, Susan K. Baum, Beth A. Virnig, Haiden A. Huskamp, Craig C. Earle and Katherine L. Kahn Physician factors associated with discussions about end-of-life care Cancer 116
Version of Record online: 11 JAN 2010 | DOI: 10.1002/cncr.24761
In a national survey of physicians caring for cancer patients, most physicians reported they would not discuss end-of-life options with terminally ill patients who are feeling well, and instead would wait for symptoms or until there are no more treatments to offer. Additional research is needed to understand physicians' reasons for timing of discussions and how their propensity to aggressively treat metastatic disease influences timing, as well as how the timing of discussions influences patient and family experiences at the end of life.
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