10 barriers to a good death

Intensive care specialists from the University of New South Wales have identified ten key barriers to letting people die with dignity, without spending their last days attached to machines:

1. Unreal expectations – Doctors often fail to challenge people’s belief in miracle cures, resulting in unrealistic expectations of modern medicine.

2. Reluctance to discuss ageing and dying – Doctors find it hard to explain to relatives of a patient surrounded by life support paraphernalia that it won’t stop him or her dying.