3 tips for doctors on having better end-of-life discussions

It's important to discuss the patient's values when talking with relatives about treatment, say researchers

There’s room for improvement in communications between doctors and families over end-of-life decisions when the patient can’t speak for themselves, researchers say.

In one in four meetings with relatives about treatment in intensive care, there is no discussion about what matters to the patient — and what they would have wanted, the study shows.